Neuropsychopharmacological aesthetics: A theoretical consideration of pharmacological approaches to causative brain study in aesthetics and art

Author(s)
Blanca Thea Maria Spee, Tomohiro Ishizu, Helmut Leder, Jan Mikuni, Hideaki Kawabata, Matthew Pelowski
Abstract

Recent developments in neuroaesthetics have heightened the need for causative approaches to more deeply understand the mechanism underlying perception, emotion, and aesthetic experiences. This has recently been the topic for empirical work, employing several causative methods for changing brain activity, as well as comparative assessments of individuals with brain damage or disease. However, one area of study with high potential, and indeed a long history of often nonscientific use in the area of aesthetics and art, employing psychopharmacological chemicals as means of changing brain function, has not been systematically utilized. This chapter reviews the literature on this topic, analyzing neuroendocrinological (neurochemical) approaches and mechanisms that might be used to causatively study the aesthetic brain. We focus on four relevant neuromodulatory systems potentially related to aesthetic experience: the dopaminergic, serotonergic, cannabinoid, and the opioidergic system. We build a bridge to psychopharmacological methods and review drug-induced behavioral and neurobiological consequences. We conclude with a discussion of hypotheses and suggestions for future research.

Organisation(s)
Vienna Cognitive Science Hub, Department of Basic Psychological Research and Research Methods
Volume
Volume 237, 2018
Pages
343-372
Publication date
05-2018
Publication status
E-pub ahead of print
Peer reviewed
Yes
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
501001 General psychology, 501011 Cognitive psychology
Keywords
Aesthetics, Art perception, Neuropsychopharmacology, Causative study, Context and priming
Electronic versions
https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.pbr.2018.03.021
Portal url
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/en/publications/neuropsychopharmacological-aesthetics-a-theoretical-consideration-of-pharmacological-approaches-to-causative-brain-study-in-aesthetics-and-art(39c28de0-700a-4a4c-8622-4d311643a4c6).html