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

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s