Psychology of Aesthetics and Design

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Psychology

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Psych of Aesthetics & Design

Spring 2022

Taught By: Ben van Buren

Section: A

CRN: 8641

Credits: 4

We experience the world not only in terms of its physical structure, but also in terms of a wide range of 'aesthetic' qualities such as pleasantness, orderliness, usability, attractiveness, and beauty. Experimental psychologists have been captivated by such phenomena for as long as there has been an experimental psychology, and the result is an incredibly rich and eclectic scientific literature on aesthetics, which is home to many lively debates and intriguing demonstrations. In this course we will discuss most of the major cognitive/psychological theories of aesthetics. We will also go deeper by conducting our own experiments in a series of intensive (sometimes multi-week) lab exercises. In order to partake in the fun of experimental research, we’ll need to learn how to program experiments and manipulate visual stimuli using the python programming language. (Prior programming experience isn't required. Students may work in a different language if they prefer.) Those with their own design/art practice will have the opportunity to also conduct parallel experiments using media of their choice. Prerequisites: (Undergraduate level LPSY 2008, Abnormal Psychology, Minimum Grade of C) or (Undergraduate level LPSY 2020, Fundamentals of Personality, Minimum Grade of C) or (Undergraduate level LPSY 2040, Fundamentals of Social Psychology, Minimum Grade of C) or (Undergraduate level LPSY 2036, Fundamentals of Developmental Psychology, Minimum Grade of C) or (Undergraduate level LPSY 2042, Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology, Minimum Grade of C) or (Undergraduate level LPSY 2048, Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience Minimum Grade of C) or (Undergraduate level LPSY 2038, Fundamentals of Visual Perception, Minimum Grade of C) or (Undergraduate level LPSY 2044, Fundamentals of the Psychology of Language, Minimum Grade of C) or (Undergraduate level ULEC 2161, Introduction to Psychology Minimum Grade of C)

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Psychology (LPSY)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:15am 5/20/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 602

Date Range: 1/25/2022 - 5/12/2022