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Ep. 10: Your Mind on Art & Beauty

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Does abstract art leave you feeling in awe or annoyed? Art can provoke powerful experiences, making one feel overcome by the experience of beauty. Are there beauty universals based in evolution and biology, or is beauty in the eye of a culturally conditioned beholder?

In this episode of Minds Matter, Beth and Ava enter the fray to examine what neuroscience and psychology can add to the debate on aesthetics.

Colorful Abstract Painting

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Academic Articles & Books

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Art mentioned:



Wheatfield with Crows, Vincent van Gogh (


Hand axe, or the first art work according to Denis Dutton




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