The Neuro-Art Gallery

An "Embodied Cognition" Exhibit

Could the insights of embodied cognition merge into a new art form? The candidates below have been selected to explore (or explode) the idea.

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Charles Manson, Mugshot. Needed is a bucket of cold water. Submerge your hands in cold water to create a frigid zone of contempt. Cold sensations in the brain's sensory sphere influence our emotions accordingly. Chill out to Manson — he's creepier when you're feeling cold.

Mother's Darling, by Joseph Clark. Needed is an electric heating blanket. Place across your knees to create a comfort zone of artificial warmth. According to studies, physical heat affects social mood, and creates "warmer" emotions such as trust, acceptance and friendliness. It's a fine fit for this wistful Clark masterpiece.

Mountain (Nature Scene). Needed is a loaded backpack, strapped on your back. The burden will cause the terrain to appear steeper. The distance up the hill will also seem longer. The added physical weight deepens the appearance of height in the scene.

Your work here...

Be the first to create an original masterpiece of embodied cognition. When you do, please credit Mind Bluff as your Muse.

[Content must be different from the examples listed and must merge neuroscience to art perception. Inspired selections will be presented here.]


Zhong, C., & Leonardelli, G. (2008). Cold and Lonely: Does Social Exclusion Literally Feel Cold? Psychological Science, 19 (9), 838-842 DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9280.2008.02165.x

Inagaki, T., & Eisenberger, N. (2013). Shared Neural Mechanisms Underlying Social Warmth and Physical Warmth Psychological Science, 24 (11), 2272-2280 DOI: 10.1177/0956797613492773

Bhalla, M., & Proffitt, D. (1999). Visual-motor recalibration in geographical slant perception. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 25 (4), 1076-1096 DOI: 10.1037/0096-1523.25.4.1076

Snyder, Seth. (2011). How Your Coffee Mug Controls Your Feelings Johnny Holland

Picture Sources:
Garden of Praise
Pixabay Nature Art

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