1. Knowledge and ability to understand. Students must achieve a good knowledge of the most recent theories of aesthetic experience and of the underpinning neural mechanisms.
2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding. Students must be able to use the acquired theoretical knowledge.
3. Autonomy of judgment. Students will have to develop critical and reflective skills on methodological problems and on the relationships between specific theoretical positions and recent empirical results.
4. Communication skills. Students should acquire the ability to critically discuss aesthetic experience and its neurobiological correlates.
5. Learning skills. Students should be able to learn the most recent theoretical approaches and the main survey techniques related to the course topic.
All students will need to acquire updated knowledge about the cognitive processes
of human aesthetic experience and the methods used for studying it.
The course will provide conceptual and methodological tools for:
- deepen the anatomical and functional characteristics of the functions
cognitive of aesthetic experience through cognitive models, methods
of neurofunctional and electrophysiological investigations and psychometric tools.
In particular, the course will allow students to acquire knowledge
updated and critical:
- basic features of neuroscience applied to images and language;
- the main models of experimental aesthetics.
Students must be able to apply the acquired knowledge to concrete problems of research on the cerebral bases of aesthetic experience. Moreover, they will have to be able to apply the learned methods to the analysis of the various cognitive, neurobiological and behavioral aspects characterizing the aesthetic responses to art.