Empirical Aesthetics

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I am interested in both the biological and cognitive foundations of sensory evaluation and aesthetic experience, and how they contribute to the collective dynamics of popularity and opinion formation in art. I study these processes experimentally in the lab, measuring aesthetic preferences in controlled settings, and in the real-world, using big data approaches from available datasets, such as Spotify and YouTube.

Manuel Anglada Tort
Manuel Anglada Tort

I am a Lecturer in Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a visiting researcher in the Computational Auditory Perception Group at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics. I am interested in understanding the psychological and cultural foundations of complex social behaviour such as music and aesthetics, and the role they play in human societies and cultural evolution. My research combines computational methods with innovative psychological experiments to study how such behaviours emerge through the interplay of human cognition, social interaction, and cultural transmission.