Perspectives in Neuroaesthetics


Exploring different scientific approaches and views of investigating aesthetic experiences in the human brain.

You may not be aware of it, but your perception is guided by an aesthetic sense. As a human you’ve probably noted the physical attractiveness of people around you and as a PhD student you have most likely been pleased by the looks of a pretty programming code or the elegance of a scientific theory. Within this summer school, we want to dig into these experiences more deeply and investigate how we can study these aesthetic experiences scientifically with a special focus on the brain.

What do we offer? An interdisciplinary COBENE summer school connecting like-minded, enthusiastic early stage researchers, providing cutting-edge knowledge on methods and topics in the multifaceted field of Neuroaesthetics, establishing international research connections. The chance to delve into the field of Neuroaesthetics, in a comprehensible and relatable way for interested scholars from a range of disciplines and with varying backgrounds.

What & Where? The Summer School will take place in London, UK. London is at the present moment a hub for research in neuroaesthetics, with several interdisciplinary labs devoted specifically to this area of research. Participants will visit four of those labs in London. We will meet researchers at the forefront of the scientific discipline and get familiar with equipment and experimental set-ups. In each lab a researcher from the lab will give a theoretical introduction into the topic and the specific field of research their lab focuses on. Giving the opportunity to meet researchers at the forefront of the scientific discipline and get familiar with equipment and experimental set-ups.


Monday | Introduction by Marcos Nadal (University of the Balearic Islands)

Tuesday | Wellcome Laboratory of Neurobiology, UCL

Wednesday | Music, Mind, Brain Lab, Goldsmiths, University of London

Thursday | Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit, City, University of London

Friday | Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London


The call is open for early stage researchers. Please send your application with a letter of motivation (max. 2,500 characters) and a CV (max 2 pages) to until June 15th, 2018.

The fee is € 200,- (incl. 20% tax) including accommodation. Travel costs are not included in the fee. Official VDS CoBeNe PhD fellows are eligible for reimbursement.  

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You can find the flyer here.