Psychology of Art

A Stream on “Psychology of Art”
as part of the 12th Annual International Conference on Psychology
28-31 May 2018
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Social Sciences

The Psychology Unit of ATINER organizes A Stream on “Psychology of Art” as part of the 12th Annual International Conference on Psychology, 28-31 May 2018, Athens, Greece  sponsored by the Athens Journal of Social Sciences.

This stream proposal is on the psychology of art. This is an interdisciplinary scientific field that studies the production of art, its use and its creation from multifaceted standpoints. It studies which are the characteristics of an art piece making it aesthetically pleasant from perceptual, psychological and biological points of view. For example, it studies why people prefer some shapes over others; why they prefer some colours and some colour contrast over others, or how people emotively react different to different artworks. Studies in psychology of art also extend to personality characteristics (e.g. Dark Triad traits, empathy). It studies how different personality traits relate to preferences for artworks; how different ages or different levels of expertise relate to preferences for artworks. This stream is open to studies that on psychology of art from any viewpoints as well as to studies pertaining aesthetic experiences in general in response to perceiving art pieces. You may participate as presenter of one paper, chair or/and organizer of a session, or observer.

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycanae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, an one-day visit to Delphi and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by the 16 April 2018 to:  Dr. Alessandro Soranzo, Reader in Psychology, Faculty of Development & Society, Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Abstracts should include the following: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email  to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (

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