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Clive Bell's "Significant Form" and the neurobiology of aesthetics.

Zeki, S; (2013) Clive Bell's "Significant Form" and the neurobiology of aesthetics. Front Hum Neurosci , 7 , Article 730. 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00730. Green open access

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Abstract

Though first published almost one century ago, and though its premise has been disputed, Clive Bell's essay on aesthetics in his book Art still provides fertile ground for discussing problems in aesthetics, especially as they relate to neuroesthetics. In this essay, I begin with a brief account of Bell's ideas on aesthetics, and describe how they focus on problems of importance to neuroesthetics. I also examine where his premise falls short, and where it provides significant insights, from a neuroesthetic and general neurobiological point of view.

Type: Article
Title: Clive Bell's "Significant Form" and the neurobiology of aesthetics.
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00730
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2013.00730
Additional information: © 2013 Zeki. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms. PMCID: PMC3824150
Keywords: beauty, bodies, faces, neuroesthetics, significant configuration, visual brain, visual motion
UCL classification: 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/1433060
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