Forschungsschwerpunkt Translationale Neurowissenschaften Mainz


Research group: Empircal Aesthetics and Neuroaesthetics:
Adaptation in Cultural and Neuronal Systems

The work group bases its research on the hypothesis of a paradigm of creativity which is refracted by an aesthetics of reception. This paradigm is characterized by the recognition of the fact that the great majority of works of art are adaptations: „In the workings of human imagination, adaptation is the norm, not the exception.“ (Theory of Adaptation, Linda Hutcheon) Research into the production of aesthetic objects is in terms of empirical research methodologically at least difficult if not hardly possible. Therefore, a reception aesthetic turn of the research design is inevitable. The motivation for adaptation can be reconstructed on the background of the impact on the recipient: aesthetic processes are characterized in evolutionary biology by their vicinity to dopaminergic processes of learning. This complex is to be shown by a number of fMRI-studies looking at the impact of aesthetic reception in contrast to the perception of real/factual contexts. The difference between learning and the reception of aesthetic artefacts is to be shown.

PD Dr. Pascal Nicklas (Mikroskopische Anatomie und Neurobiologie, Mainz)
Dr. Christian Kell (BIC, Ffm)

Marion Behrens


02. November 2017
NIC meeting
Renee Visser (University Camebridge) presents her work on “Imaging the dynamic nature of emotional memory” in the NIC meeting on Thursday, November 2nd at 12am. ...more
19. October 2017
NIC meeting
Benjamin Meyer (NIC) will present his new study investigating  “The neural networks of instructed fear” in the NIC meeting on Thursday, October 19th at 12 in the seminar room....more
14. September 2017
NIC meeting
Christian Paret (Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim) will give a talk on “Real-time fMRI neurofeedback from the amygdala: Feasibility, clinical application and brain mechanisms” in the NIC meeting on Thursday, September 14th....more