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The psychology of aesthetics is the study of people’s experiences of things in our world, particularly human-made objects such as artworks. Aesthetic experiences include preferences, liking, beauty, and other types of evaluative judgments as well as emotional responses such as disgust, repulsion, and anger. Each aesthetic experience results from the interaction amongst the characteristics of the object of attention, the person engaging with the object, and the context in which the aesthetic encounter occurs. Aesthetics and creativity are inherently intertwined because the things that people create are often later experienced aesthetically by others.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Curated Reference Collection in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
PublisherElsevier Science Ltd.
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Aesthetic experience
  • Aesthetics
  • Art making
  • Art viewing
  • Creativity
  • Empirical aesthetics
  • Museums
  • Psychological aesthetics
  • Psychology of art


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