Perception and wellbeing: a cross-disciplinary approach to experiencing art in the museum

Award Holder

Dr Sandra Dudley & Professor Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, Leicester University

Partner Organisation

The Art Fund

Doctoral Student

Jennifer Binnie

Our research aims to explore how people look at and experience contemporary visual art, within a Gallery context. It examines how such experience can produce a feeling of well-being. The project will introduce neuro-science technologies within a museum environment, and combine them with social science observational methods.

For full details of this research, see press release.

The Eye-Tracker: This shows the typical set up for tracking a participant's eye movements while they complete a task as they view the images on screen. Although the images shown on the display here are not those used for this project the set up is the sam

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