Does brain stimulation add to the aesthetic experience?

11/4/2013 | New Scientist

Applying a localized electric shock to the emotional center of the human brain may increase a subject's enjoyment of certain types of art, according to a group of researchers at the University of Milan-Bicocca, which found that people whose left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex underwent mild electric stimulation seemed to enjoy realistic paintings more. "The effect of stimulation was subtle but still pretty remarkable, considering the participants were basically just putting a battery on their head," said Anjan Chatterjee, a University of Pennsylvania neurologist.

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