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INTERPRETING VISUAL ART: A SURVEY OF COGNITIVE RESEARCH ABOUT PICTURES. Catherine Weir and Evans Mandes. Transaction Publishers, Taylor and Francis, London, 2017. Published in the U.S.A. by Transaction Publishers, Piscataway. 290 pp. with 45 ills. (13 col.). 24 x 16 cm. ISBN 9781412864008 In English.
Publisher's description: Interpreting Visual Art explores the psychological and cognitive mechanisms that underlie one's interpretation of art. After the brain encodes visual information, this encoding is then processed by perceptual mechanisms to identify objects and depth in pictures. The brain incorporates many factors in order for people to "see" the art. Cognitive processes have a major role in how people interpret artworks because attention, memory, and language are also linked to the aesthetic experience. Catherine Weir and Evans Mandes first examine major attributes of aesthetic judgement--balance, symmetry, color, line, and shape--from an empirical point of view as opposed to more philosophical and speculative approaches. Then, they explore the perceptual process, paying special attention to art history in the Western world and emphasizing techniques from cave paintings to modern art. The role beauty and emotions play in our interpretations of pictures have been investigated from many approaches: evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, and appraisal theory.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 73,55
Worldwide Number: 174262
Hardcover $79.95    

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