Psychological Models of Art Reception must be Empirically Grounded

Marcos Nadal, Oshin Vartanian, Martin Skov

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We commend Menninghaus et al. for tackling the role of negative emotions in art reception. However, their model suffers from shortcomings that reduce its applicability to empirical studies of the arts: poor use of evidence, lack of integration with other models, and limited derivation of testable hypotheses. We argue that theories about art experiences should be based on empirical evidence.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere371
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Pages (from-to)36-37
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017

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