Aesthetics and Psychology

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(11), 783. Review of book: “The psychology of art appreciation,” by Bjarne Sode Funch (see record 1997-36586-000). Not only is this book made up of a profusion of well-selected and meaningful art reproduced in good taste, it is also a well-documented and well-researched volume in the field of the psychology of art appreciation. It is more than an introduction to the field; it is a substantial contribution, a resource that psychologists and theorists and practitioners will refer with good reason to patients and others as a source of information. The author includes in this book the most significant studies carried out within the area, and he writes lucidly on a number of studies within the psychophysical, cognitive, psychoanalytic and existential-phenomenological schools of thought to demonstrate how those views on the appreciation of visual art vary. I recommend this volume unstintingly to practicing psychologists interested in and concerned about the implementation of art in therapy. The book deserves a prominent place in libraries everywhere as a resource of value in the field. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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