neuroaesthetics, part ii

“Participants tended to like movements more that they perceived as physically difficult to perform… [which] informs our understanding of the embodied simulation account of esthetic experience.”

“Anecdotally, this finding resonates with the fact that spectators routinely pay high proces to watch the outstanding physical mastery of acrobats in Cirque du Soleil, slam-dunking basketball players in an NBA game, or the exacting precision of the Bolshoi corps de ballet. If every audience member cold reproduce the movements made by the acrobats, athletes, or dancers, then such events would no longer be spectacular.”

~ Calvo-Merino et al., Towards a sensorimotor aesthetics of performing art


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