Psy+39+Syllabus - Fall 2010 Psychology 39E: The Psychology...

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Fall 2010 Psychology 39E: The Psychology of Art Thurs, 2-4 pm 1 Instructor: Art Shimamura (email:, phone: 642-7131) Office: 3135 Tolman Hall, Office Hours: Fridays, 3-4 pm & by appointment Textbook: Experiencing Art (preprint version) by Art Shimamura (available on course website) Course Website: We will examine the ways in which psychology is reflected in the visual arts. In particular, aspects of psychology—such as sensation, knowledge, and emotion—will be considered to help us understand how we evaluate works of art and how they drive aesthetic appeal. A fundamental aim is to provide an understanding of psychology and to show how it offers a way of appreciating art. No prior background in psychology or art is necessary. Grades will be based on 1) attendance, 2) participation in class discussions, 3) weekly reading assignments, 4) an oral presentation, and 5) a paper assignment. Week Topics Weekly Readings 8/26 Introduction: The Psychology of Art & Aesthetics Chapter 1 The Art of Seeing 9/2 The Eye as Canvas, the Brain as Beholder Chapter 2 9/9 Film: What is Psychology? What is Art? ---- 9/16 The Illusion of Form Chapter 3 9/23 Making a Scene Chapter 4 The Art of Knowing 9/30 How Do You Know? Chapter 5 10/7 Remembrance of Past Things Chapter 6 10/14 You are Cultured Chapter 7 The Art of Feeling 10/21 Arousing Emotions and Art Chapter 8 10/28 Body Language: Beauty and the Beholder Chapter 9 11/4 I Know How You Feel: Social Empathy Chapter 10 11/11 +++ NO CLASS: ACADEMIC HOLIDAY +++ Chapter 11 Student Presentations 11/18 Student Presentations 11/25 +++ NO CLASS: THANKSGIVING +++
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This note was uploaded on 11/04/2010 for the course PSYCH 39E SEM taught by Professor Shimamura during the Spring '10 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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Psy+39+Syllabus - Fall 2010 Psychology 39E: The Psychology...

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