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This the osf page of corresponding to the paper Specker, E., Fried, E. I., Rosenberg, R., & Leder, H. (2021). Associating with art: Proposing the aesthetic effect network (AEN). Collabra: Psychology, 7 (1): 2408 This page corresponds to Study 1. All files corresponding to Study 2 is : The full dataset and corresponding R code used for analyses can be found here. 1. The csv file is the data set 2. The *Network_Analysis_final.R* file is the analysis code 3. The *CentralityplotIII.R* file needs to be in the working directory to run all of the code smoothly 4. The other files refer to the figures of the paper ---------- ****Abstract**** In this paper we propose the aesthetic effect network (AEN) a novel way to conceptualize aesthetic experience, namely as an associative process where having one association leads to the next association. Through a network of associations, this generates an overall aesthetic experience. In art theory, associations between concepts of this kind are referred to as aesthetic effects. Conceptualizing aesthetic experience (at least in part) as an associative process provides an explicit account of a specific cognitive process involved in aesthetic experience. We discuss previous work, outline the aesthetic effect network (AEN), and discuss the results of an empirical study (Study 1, N=255) that explored what can be gained from this approach. In addition, we report on a follow-up study (Study 2, N=133) that provides evidence for the AEN over other alternatives. In summary, we propose a new perspective on the processes underlying aesthetic experience of artworks that extends beyond research on aesthetic effects, that can be applied to aesthetic experience in general, and provides a basis for future studies. It promises to facilitate our understanding of why aesthetic experience is both somehow different and also somehow the same for all of us.
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