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


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
24. August 2017
NIC meeting
Dr. Til Ole Bergmann (University of Tübingen) will be guest speaker in the NIC meeting on Thursday, August 24th. His talk: “On the function of neuronal oscillations – insights from transcranial brain stimulation and multimodal imaging” will be at noon in the seminar room in building 701....more
13. July 2017
NIC meeting
Philipp Horstmann (Psychiatry, Mainz) will present the current status of the MRI study investigating the influence of prg-1 (plasticity related gene) genotype on brain morphology and function in the NIC meeting on July 13th. The NIC meetings starts at 12:00 in the seminar room in building 701!...more