What's New With Art?

Experiencing Art: In the Brain of the Beholder considers the psychological and biological underpinnings of our aesthetic experiences. In many ways our approach to art depends largely on what we know--from everyday knowledge about the world, from personal experiences, and from our cultural background. Yet we don't always appreciate these influences. Filled with artworks from many traditions and time points, the book offers insightful ways of broadening one's approach and appreciation of art.

One of the "best science books of 2013." New Scientist

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Art Shimamura is a Professor of Psychology and faculty member of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a science advisor for the San Francisco Exploratorium, received the Distinguished Teaching Award by the Division of Social Science, UC Berkeley, and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008. His interest in photography has led him to explore the psychology of art, aesthetics, and psychocinematics--the scientific analysis of our movie experience.