EVA LAB

The Research Focus Empirical Visual Aesthetics (EVAlab), was founded in 2004 by Helmut Leder and is recognized as the earliest department with a specific research focus on Visual Empirical Aesthetics. Only recently similar initiatives have emerged elsewhere (MPI Frankfurt, Goldsmith, NYU). Over twelve years, the Research Focus established a unique research team and network in the field of visual aesthetics, and now holds a role of international leadership in psychological empirical art research with numerous important publications pioneering empirical approaches (physiology of art emotion, fluency and art, face beauty, museum studies, art and health, eye-tracking) and theoretical modeling of aesthetic experience. No other group has in fact established more theoretical contributions on the state-of-the-art in psychological aesthetics with leading models for viewing art (Leder et al., 2004; Leder & Nadal, 2014), as well as more neuroscientifically grounded models, published in prestigious journals. The EVAlab has also been host to a number of researchers in empirical aesthetics, serving as a central hub for research in this emerging area.

 Faculty News

16.09.2020
 

Preise, Förderungen und Stipendien für (Jung-)Wissenschafter*innen.

02.09.2020
 

Jana Nikitin übernimmt die Professur "Psychologie des Alterns".

27.08.2020
 

APA-Auszeichnungen für Helmut Leder und Matthew Pelowski.

 Medienbeiträge

29.05.2020
 

Perspectives: In Conversation with Eva Specker

Zeit Contemporary Art presents Perspectives, a new podcast on art and its ideas. In each episode Samuel Shapiro assembles the voices of thinkers,...

29.05.2020
 

Colors and shapes in works of art have no universal effect

Red colors are warm, round lines are feminine, muted tones are sad. Or?

05.12.2019
 

Das Geheimnis des Lächelns

Prof. Helmut Leder als Experte in einem "Kurier"-Artikel.