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Comparative aesthetics: A novel approach to investigate multi-modal attractiveness in humans and animals

Abstract
Beauty plays a decisive role in sexual attraction between humans. This is not only evident from the success of the beauty industry and the role of social media in choice of romantic partner, but also from many scientific studies. At the same time, humans are not the only species that place such a high value on beauty. Birds provide many examples in this respect, with many species having highly colourful and decorative plumage and elaborate courtship displays. In our interdisciplinary project, we address the question of the origin and evolutionary function of beauty in humans and other species such as birds. Given a common phylogenetic origin of beauty in human and birds, we should be able to find systematic commonalities between humans and birds today. The main challenges involved are how to measure beauty and its perception in animals, and how to deal with the high complexity involved in human relationships. To deal with these issues, we will combine neurophysiological, endocrinological, and behavioural methods from the disciplines of cognitive psychology and behavioural biology. In doing so, we are taking an important step forward in the foundation of empirical comparative studies. From our results, we hope to derive a more sophisticated, deeper understanding of the biological role of beauty.
Lemma
Comparative Aesthetics
Coordination for vetmeduni vienna
Quigley Cliodhna
Coordination in general
Leonida Fusani; Helmut Leder
Universität Wien, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien, Austria
Duration
01.06.19-31.05.22
Programme
WWTF Cognitive Sciences Call 2018
Type of Research
Basic research
Staff
Quigley C.,
Vetmed Research Units
Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, Unit of Ornithology
Funded by
Wiener Wissenschafts-, Forschungs- und Technologiefonds (WWTF), Schlickgasse 3/12, 1090 Wien, Austria
13 Publications

Krumpholz. C; Quigley C; Fusani F; Leder, H (2021): Investigating multimodal attractiveness with synchronized videos XXVI Congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics; SEP 1-3, 2021; London, United Kingdom. 2021.

Quigley, C; Leder, H; Fusani, L (2021): Comparative aesthetics: Towards a biological basis of beauty in humans and nonhumananimals XXVI Congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics; SEP 1-3, 2021; London, United Kingdom. 2021.

Krumpholz, C; Quigley, C; Little, AC; Zäske, R; Riebel, K (2021): Multimodal signalling of attractiveness. 31-32.-Cogsci 2021: 43rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society; JUL 26-29, 2021; Vienna, Austria.

Quigley, C (2021): Lab-based comparative investigations of multimodal sexual signalling Cogsci 2021: 43rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society; JUL 26-29, 2021; Vienna, Austria. 2021.

Ameen, K; Quigley, C; Fusani, L; Leder, H; Krumpholz, C (2021): The influence of pitch manipulation in female speakers on perceived voice and face attractiveness. Cogsci 2021: 43rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society; JUL 26-29, 2021; Vienna, Austria. 2021.

Krumpholz, C; Smela, P; Quigley, C; Fusani, L; Leder, H (2021): Vienna Talking Faces: A multimodal database of synchronized videos (ViTaFa) Cogsci 2021: 43rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society; JUL 26-29, 2021; Vienna, Austria. 2021.

Biegler, D; Colombo, S; Čepon, D; Tuozzi, A; Canoine, V; Fusani, L; Quigley, C (2021): Using playback to investigate multimodal signalling of attractiveness in ring doves (Streptopelia risoria) Cogsci 2021: 43rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society; JUL 26-29, 2021; Vienna, Austria. 2021.

Quigley, C; Krumpholz, C; Leder, H; Fusani, L (2021): Comparative Aesthetics: A novel approach to investigate multimodal attractiveness in humans and animals. Cogsci 2021: 43rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society; JUL 26-29, 2021; Vienna, Austria. 2021.

Quigley, C (2021): Forgotten rhythms? Revisiting the first evidence for rhythms in cognition. Eur J Neurosci. 2021;
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Janisch, J; Mitoyen, C; Perinot, E; Spezie, G; Fusani, L; Quigley, C (2021): Video recording and analysis of avian movements and behaviour: insights from courtship case studies. Integr Comp Biol. 2021; 61(4):1378-1393

Mitoyen, C; Quigley, C; Boehly, T; Fusani, L (2021): Female behaviour is differentially associated with specific components of multimodal courtship in ring doves. Animal Behaviour 2021; 173: 21-39
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Quigley, C (2020): Comparative aesthetics in the dove lab. Colloquium, Department for Psychology of Cognition, Emotion, and Methods (EVA Lab); JAN 23, 2020; Vienna, Austria. 2020.

Mitoyen, C; Quigley, C; Wölfl, S; Fusani, L (2020): Temporal synchronization of multimodal courtship signals affects female sexual behaviour in the ring dove (Streptopelia risoria). ASAB Winter Conference 2020; DEC 3-4, 2020; London, United Kingdom. 2020.

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