The main hypothesis of this project is that the extension in time – as an elongated perceptual experience with a pleasurable duration – is a constitutive indicator for the difference between the aesthetic experience and the common visual experience. We like to behold artworks longer and repeatedly, whereas in common perception longer times on stimuli lead to fast saturation, habituation and boredom. The project tests this theory and determines subjective and psychophysical measures of aesthetic experience and the main dimensions that influence its time course. This pioneering cognitive science project combines approaches from psychology and art history to develop a new theory with practical implications for museum design and educational issues.
This project is funded by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund ('Wiener
Wissenschafts-, Forschungs- und Technologiefonds', WWTF) and scheduled for
the period 03/2012-03/2015.
Laura Commare studied art history at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. In her PhD project she focuses on dimensions of complexity in art and its effect on art reception.
David Brieber (formaly Welleditsch) studied psychology at the University of Vienna. His main research interests are psychological aesthetics, aesthetic emotional processing, and psychophysiologcal measures.