The Role of the Orbitofrontal and Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortices in Aesthetic Preference for Art.

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The search for the underlying neural activation that occurs during subjective aesthetic experiences of artwork has been enhanced through neuroimaging techniques. Recently, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, alongside the orbitofrontal cortex, have been implicated in aesthetic appreciation, and this is the focus of the present paper. Here, the validity of this conclusion is examined through the discussion of its neuroanatomical connections and functional properties. It is proposed that the experimental evidence challenges the view that this area could hold a privileged position in a brain network involved in aesthetic preference.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalBehavioral Sciences
Issue number2
Early online date11 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017