Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

Research publications

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Research publications 2017

Pictures in your head – The secret of beautiful poems

December 05, 2017

The more a poem evokes vivid sensory imagery, the more we like it [more]


Beautifully sad

December 04, 2017

A new study shows why we enjoy negative emotions in film and art [more]


Students on the same brainwave

April 28, 2017

Measuring of brain waves sheds light on social dynamics during class [more]

Research publications 2016

For the love of trash films

August 03, 2016

First comprehensive empirical investigation into trash films and their audience [more]


Share the work, share the feelings

April 23, 2016

The better a team works together, the more synchronized the team members' physiological responses [more]


Understanding speech not just a matter of believing one’s ears

January 25, 2016

Researchers discover how the brain completes sentences [more]

Research publications 2015

We do have a grammar in our head

December 08, 2015

New research presents evidence for innate understanding of language rules



Musical rhythms in the brain

October 26, 2015

Researchers find neurological notes that help identify how we process music [more]


Hey! That's out of tune!

September 09, 2015

Even people with no formal musical training are capable of identifying singing that is out of tune. [more]


Scream if you have to

July 16, 2015

Screams occupy a privileged acoustic niche to ensure their biological and social efficiency [more]

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