Perceptual experience of art as a life event Kharitonova Tatiana, psychologist (Master's thesis, Russia, 2010) St. Petersburg State University


We have attempted to study the perceptual experience of art as existential and being immediately given in experience at the same time. The use of the phenomenological approach has allowed us to see experiencing the moment of perception by each subject as a given, and the use of methods of observation and measurement has allowed us to capture this reality. The general hypothesis of our research: the perceptual experience of works of art provokes organismic reaction and is a life event, depending on the individual characteristics of the subject and the object’s of perception influence.

Our study involved 40 people who went with us through the halls of the museum and watched six works of art we selected.