Empirical Aesthetics

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How do we experience beauty? Why does music move us? What are the main principles underlying popularity and fashion? I am interested on both the biological and cognitive foundations of sensory valuation and aesthetic experience, in particular of complex and abstract stimuli such as music and art.

Manuel Anglada Tort
Manuel Anglada Tort

I am a Lecturer at the University of Oxford and lead the Research Group Music, Culture, and Cognition (MCC). I am also a visiting researcher in the Computational Auditory Perception Group at 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. To explore this, my research combines computational methods, online data collection techniques, and innovative psychological paradimgs.