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PNB Colloquium - Daphne Maurer - "Pretty Ugly: Why we like some songs, faces, foods, plays, pictures, poems, etc., and dislike others”

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Dr. Daphne Maurer


"Pretty Ugly: Why we like some songs, faces, foods, plays, pictures, poems, etc., and dislike others”

Homo sapiens are aesthetic beasts. People have decorated their environment since palaeolithic times. This talk will draw on evidence from human development to explain how our aesthetic preferences are formed.

A baby's structural biases and limitations constrain attention, making some stimuli easier to process and some particularly salient. From these structures and limitations, the mechanism of aesthetic preferences emerges. I shall illustrate this with faces, bodies, flavours, music, and dance.

This talk will draw on my 50 years of laboratory research on the development of perception plus background research for my new book, Pretty Ugly <prettyugly.info>

Daphne Maurer is a Distinguished University Professor from Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour. Although officially retired, she continues to do fundamental research on how human perception develops and how it is altered by visual deprivation. She is also working on an effective system for checking the vision of kindergarten children. She has over 200 peer-reviewed publications and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Association for Psychological Science. In 2015 she won the Hebb Distinguished Contribution Award of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science. She recently published a second book with her husband Charles Maurer, "Pretty Ugly: Why we like some songs, faces, foods, plays, pictures, poems, etc., and dislike others”.  


Topic: PNB Colloquium - Daphne Maurer
Time: Jan 28, 2021 02:30 PM America/Toronto

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