Negative emotions in art reception: Refining theoretical assumptions and adding variables to the Distancing-Embracing model

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

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    Abstract

    While covering all commentaries, our response specifically focuses on the following issues: How can the hypothesis of emotional distancing (qua art framing) be compatible with stipulating high levels of felt negative emotions in art reception? Which concept of altogether pleasurable mixed emotions does our model involve? Can mechanisms of predictive coding, social sharing, and immersion enhance the power of our model?
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere380
    Pages (from-to)1-20
    Number of pages21
    JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
    Volume40
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Keywords

    • OPPONENT-PROCESS THEORY
    • SAD MUSIC
    • AESTHETIC APPRECIATION
    • MIXED EMOTIONS
    • INDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCES
    • MATERNAL BRAIN
    • ELECTROPHYSIOLOGICAL INDEXES
    • PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTANCE
    • PSYCHICAL DISTANCE
    • PROSOCIAL BEHAVIOR

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