There’s starting to be scientific language to talk about the kind of experiences with art that have often been referred to as “ineffable.” In today’s San Francisco Chronicle, Steven Winn approaches the subject from a personal point of">view, but also includes references to more thorough discussions such as Timothy D. Wilson’s Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious. An even more approachable reading, which relates research directly to responses to an artwork, is the introduction to Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell. If you haven’t yet encountered Gladwell’s bestseller, it’s a worthy candidate for your summer reading list.

- Meredith Tromble [Tuesday, May 29th, 2007]


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