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Department of Psychology


Higher Values Project


How does engaging with art and other aesthetic objects affect people cognitively and affectively? Does it help people to take a step back, and see the bigger picture? Does it lead to greater meaning in life? Does it help to make people better by leading to greater endorsement of moral values or even to prosocial behaviour? 


Funded by a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, we investigate the beneficial cognitive, affective and behavioural effects of appreciating art and aesthetic objects.