CULTURE & ARTS
11/22/2013 01:53 pm ET

Better Art Appreciation Through Brain Stimulation

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A new study has found that electronic stimulation to a certain part of the brain could help you appreciate art better. Science!

The study, titled “The world can look better: enhancing beauty experience with brain stimulation” and published in the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience journal, was conducted by Milanese psychologist Zaira Cattaneo and a team of fellow researchers. For their experiment, which is outlined in a Pacific Standard blog post, the group selected 12 participants who were neither trained in nor particularly interested in art. Those people were shown sets of 150 images of figurative and abstract artworks on the computer and asked to indicate how colorful each was and how much they liked each one. They also performed each exercise twice: once before and once after their left dorsolateral prefrontal cortexes had been stimulated.

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