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

Winfried Menninghaus*, Ines Schindler, Valentin Wagner, Eugen Wassiliwizky, Julian Hanich, Thomas Jacobsen, Stefan Koelsch

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)650–654
    Number of pages5
    JournalPsychological Review
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1-Jul-2020


    • aesthetic emotions
    • aesthetic evaluation/appreciation
    • liking
    • beauty,
    • being moved

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