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 [more]


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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