Psychology of Art: Aesthetics and Individual Differences in Visual Function
SCQF level 10
Academic year(s): 2018-2019
SCOTCAT credits : 15
ECTS credits : 7
Level : SCQF level 10
Availability restrictions: Available only to students in the second year of the Honours Programme.
This module examines the psychology of artistic activity and aesthetic appreciation, both from the standpoint of the artistic object (e.g., painting), as well as the individual who creates or appreciates art. Why are some things more aesthetically pleasing than others? Why do some people have a greater capacity to create aesthetic things? The module will explore the links between aesthetic creation and appreciation on the one hand and perceptual and cognitive processes on the other. These links will be examined from behavioural and neurological viewpoints. A significant emphasis will be on the neurological conditions that heighten differences in the capacity to create and appreciate aesthetic objects, including mental disorders (e.g., frontotemporal dementia, autism, epilepsy) and atypical cognitive development (e.g., synaesthesia, dyslexia). This will be a critical seminar style module with readings and discussions.
Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass PS2002
Weekly contact: 2-hour seminars plus office hour.
Scheduled learning hours: 22
Guided independent study hours: 128
As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%
As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Re-assessment: Coursework = 100%