Empathy, engagement, entrainment: The interaction dynamics of aesthetic experience

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Empathy, engagement, entrainment : The interaction dynamics of aesthetic experience. / Brinck, Ingar.

In: Cognitive Processing, Vol. 19, No. 2, 05.2018, p. 201-213.

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T1 - Empathy, engagement, entrainment

T2 - The interaction dynamics of aesthetic experience

AU - Brinck, Ingar

PY - 2018/5

Y1 - 2018/5

N2 - Empathy concerns the feeling of understanding others’ experiences from their perspective, and confronts you with the presence of a qualitative experience that you are not living through yourself. In aesthetics empathy has been conceived as bodily inner imitation. Taking a theoretical, interdisciplinary approach that merges insights from psychology, philosophy, and phenomenology within the dynamic framework, I develop an alternative account of empathy as embodied and enactive, and argue that aesthetic experience is grounded in entrainment and emerges in real time during episodes of emotional and material engagement between viewer and artwork. The interaction dynamics between viewer and artwork is organized relative to the viewer's needs and interests as articulated in response to the aesthetic affordances of the context, and has the form of a motion-emotion loop that promotes continuous evaluation and sense-making.

AB - Empathy concerns the feeling of understanding others’ experiences from their perspective, and confronts you with the presence of a qualitative experience that you are not living through yourself. In aesthetics empathy has been conceived as bodily inner imitation. Taking a theoretical, interdisciplinary approach that merges insights from psychology, philosophy, and phenomenology within the dynamic framework, I develop an alternative account of empathy as embodied and enactive, and argue that aesthetic experience is grounded in entrainment and emerges in real time during episodes of emotional and material engagement between viewer and artwork. The interaction dynamics between viewer and artwork is organized relative to the viewer's needs and interests as articulated in response to the aesthetic affordances of the context, and has the form of a motion-emotion loop that promotes continuous evaluation and sense-making.

KW - entrainment

KW - Emotional engagement

KW - aesthetic response

KW - Aesthetic Judgement

KW - Empathy

KW - Dynamic systems

KW - dynamic interplay

KW - Phenomenological experience

U2 - 10.1007/s10339-017-0805-x

DO - 10.1007/s10339-017-0805-x

M3 - Article

C2 - 28391411

VL - 19

SP - 201

EP - 213

JO - Cognitive Processing

JF - Cognitive Processing

SN - 1612-4782

IS - 2

ER -