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Notes Towards a (Neurobiological) Definition of Beauty

Zeki, S; (2019) Notes Towards a (Neurobiological) Definition of Beauty. Gestalt Theory , 41 (2) pp. 107-112. 10.2478/gth-2019-0012. Green open access

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Abstract

Humans know when they themselves experience beauty, even though the term itself has been difficult to define adequately for a variety of reasons. Given this centuries’ old failure to give an adequate definition of beauty, perhaps the time has come to enquire whether the experience of beauty, regardless of its source, can be defined in neural terms.

Type: Article
Title: Notes Towards a (Neurobiological) Definition of Beauty
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.2478/gth-2019-0012
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.2478/gth-2019-0012 Open access
Language: English
Additional information: © 2019 Semir Zeki, published by Sciendo. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License.
Keywords: Beauty; aesthetic emotion; medial orbitofrontal cortex (mOFC)
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Cell and Developmental Biology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10075795
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