Aesthetic emotions are a key factor in aesthetic evaluation: Reply to Skov and Nadal (2020)

Psychol Rev. 2020 Jul;127(4):650-654. doi: 10.1037/rev0000213.


Our theoretical model (Menninghaus et al., 2019) defines aesthetic emotions by reference to their role in aesthetic evaluation, and specifically as being predictive of aesthetic liking/disliking. Skov and Nadal (2020) dismiss the construct of "aesthetic emotions" as a "dated supposition" adopted from a "speculative" tradition and assert that there are no such emotions. Accordingly, they question all pieces of empirical evidence we referred to as supporting our model. In our response, we rebut these objections point by point and defend as well as expand the empirical evidence in support of our model. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved).

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MeSH terms

  • Emotions*
  • Esthetics