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Impact of Contextualizing Information on Aesthetic Experience and Psychophysiological Responses to Art in a Museum: A Naturalistic Randomized Controlled Trial

Krauss, Louisa and Ott, Celine and Opwis, Klaus and Meyer, Andrea and Gaab, Jens. (2019) Impact of Contextualizing Information on Aesthetic Experience and Psychophysiological Responses to Art in a Museum: A Naturalistic Randomized Controlled Trial. Psychology of aesthetics, creativity, and the arts.

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Abstract

Contextual information influences aesthetic experience and psychophysiological responses to art, yet these influences have seldom been analyzed with real artworks in a real museum. Consequently, this study set out to assess the aesthetic experience and psychophysiological responses of participants in an art museum viewing 6 artworks of Flemish expressionism. Participants were randomly assigned to one of the experimental conditions, either receiving elaborative information or descriptive information on the artworks. Aesthetic experiences were assessed via a questionnaire and through psychophysiological markers. A systematic influence of contextual information on aesthetic experience could not be shown. However, artworks had effects on aesthetic experience and heart rate, heart rate variability, skin conductance, and skin conductance variability. The results indicate that the characteristics of the artwork itself have a stronger impact than provided contextual information, at least when they are perceived as originals in a museum.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Klinische Psychologie und Epidemiologie (Lieb)
UniBasel Contributors:Meyer, Andrea Hans
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:American Psychological Association
ISSN:1931-3896
e-ISSN:1931-390X
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:07 Jan 2021 15:14
Deposited On:07 Jan 2021 15:14

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