of the Research Group: Visual Media, Architecture, and Art within the EU Horizon 2020 Consortium Project: ARTIS: (Art and Research on Transformations
on Individuals and Societies), where we will explore the cognitive and social effects of Art. The Berlin based part of the project focuses how we explore cities based on an 4EA - embodied,
embedded, extended, enactive and affective - cognition approach and how contemporary art engages and transforms us. Follow me on Academia.edu or contact me via mail
Joerg Fingerhut received his PhD in philosophy from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2013) as a researcher in the
"Collegium Picture Act & Embodiment," a joint project of art historians and
philosophers. He was a member of the "Functions of Consciousness" research group at
the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of the Sciences and Humanities and "Art
& Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellow” at Columbia University (2013), and assistant professor at
the University of Stuttgart (2013-2015). He coordinated the research and activities of the Einstein
group from 4/2015-12/2019 with a personal focus in research on "Aesthetic Psychology" and "Embodied and Embellished Perception."
I work at the interface of philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Generally, I am interested in embodied approaches to the mind and the role
the active body plays in the unfolding of conscious mental events. Since my PhD I extended this focus to our interactions with the built environment, visual media and cultural artifacts. I investigate how those
interactions influence our body schema, alter our perceptual judgments, and constitute novel forms of embodied knowledge. This line of research is based on the idea
that our mental processes and the neural processes underlying them are more dynamic, more context-dependent, and more malleable than previous approaches to the mind have
Aesthetic experiences with and evaluations of everyday objects, artifacts, and artworks are a second interest of mine.
The question is here: why do we value certain objects over others? Why do we find some of them beautiful and why do we engage with such strange objects
as artworks? With the Einstein group we conducted behavioral experiments in order to explore which elements we value in art and to assess our bodily engagement as well as the psychological
and neurological processes that underlie such evaluations.
Twofoldness in Moving Images. On the Philosophy and Neuroscience of Film
Experience, Projections 14(3), 1-20.
Habits and the
Enculturated Mind. Pervasive Artifacts, Predictive Processing, and Expansive Habits, in: Habits. Pragmatist Approaches
from Cognitive Neuroscience to Social Science. F. Caruana, I. Tesla (Hrsg). Cambridge: CUP.
Aesthetic Emotions Reconsidered (with J.J. Prinz), The Monist 103(2), 223-239.
Empirischer Ästhetik und die Bildfrage. Perspektive, Komplexität
und Leere in der japanischen und europäischen Tradition, in: Bilder als Denkmittel und Kulturform - Bildwissenschaftliche Dialoge zwischen Japan und
Deutschland. Y. Sakamoto, F. Jäger, J. Tanaka (Eds.), de Gruyter, Berlin & New York,
Sharing the Filmic Experience. The physiology of
socio-emotional processes in the cinema. Laura Kaltwasser, Nicolas Rost, Martina Ardizzi, Marta Calbi, Luca Settembrino, Joerg Fingerhut, Michael Pauen, Vittorio
Gallese, PLoS ONE.
camera: an EEG study on the effect of camera movements on film spectators´ sensorimotor cortex activation. Katrin Heimann, Marta Calbi, Sebo Uithol, Alessandra
Umiltà, Michele Guerra, Joerg Fingerhut, Vittorio Gallese, PLoS ONE 14(3), 1-18.
Embodied Seeing-In, Empathy, and
Expansionism, Projections 12(2), 28-38.
Aesthetics and Neuroaesthetics, Phenomenology and the Mind 1, 80-97.
Verkörperung, in: 23 Manifeste zu Bildakt und Verkörperung, de Gruyter, Berlin & New York, 183-190.
Appreciation, and the Value of Art (with J.J. Prinz), Progress in Brain Research, 237, 107-128.
Concepts (with J.J. Prinz), Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 373(1752).
Editorial: Bridging Art and the Visual
Sciences (with C.C. Carbon), Art and Perception 5(4), 347-352.
the 5th Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC) (edited with C.C. Carbon), Art and Perception 5(4), 337-426.
Philosophie der Verkörperung - Ein Forschungsbericht zur Embodied Cognition, (with
Rebekka Hufendiek), Information Philosophie 2017 (3), 16-32.
Movies and the Mind. On Our Filmic
Body (with K. Heimann), in: Embodiment, Enaction, and Culture. Investigating
the Constitution of the Shared World, Th. Fuchs, Chr. Durt, Chr. Tewes (Eds.), MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 353-377.
Neurourbanism: Towards a new
discipline (with M. Adli et al.), The Lancet Psychiatry 4(3), 183-185.
For more information, full list of publications, and copies of most papers see my academia page.
Experimenting the Self (Berlin,
June 3, 2018)
- The Aesthetic Self (Berlin, June 4, 2018, Conference on Being Moved)
- Embodied Seeing-In film (Bozeman, June 2018, SCSMI)
- Complexity in Pictures (Rome, September 2018, Space Perception Conference)
Research projects/collaborations within the Einstein Group (selection)
with Jesse Prinz: Wonder and aesthetic emotions (theoretical papers)
with Antonia Reindl, Aenne Brielmann, & Jesse Prinz: Complexity in Art - Cross-cultural (Japanese/German) differences in art perception (behavioral &
with Aenne Brielmann: Beauty in Art (behavioral studies)
with Katrin Heimann: Exploration of our interaction with camera movements and edited film (motor engagement, attention) and the question whether we have adapted to the filmic means
used in cinema? (EEG experiments & theoretical paper)
with Javier Gomez-Lavin: The Aesthetic Self (theoretical paper and behavioral studies)
Picture Perception and Evaluation (2017-18)
Culture, Embodiment, Cognition (2017)
Current Issues in Embodied Cognition (2016)
The Cognitive Science of Art and Aesthetics (2015-16)
- Introduction into the Philosophy of Emotions (2015)