Rewards of beauty

Rewards of beauty: the opioid system mediates social motivation in humans
Molecular Psychiatry , (11 February 2014)
O Chelnokova, et al.
http://www.nature.com/mp/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/mp20141a.html

Facial attractiveness is a powerful cue that affects social communication and motivates sexual behavior.
Attractive people are both judged and treated more positively, reflecting the biased stereotypical notion that ‘beautiful is good’.
Indeed, beautiful faces are processed by the limbic reward system and according to the same economic principles as non-social rewards. The human reward system has a high density of μ-opioid receptors, which have an important role in affiliation and attachment.
Here, we causally test whether the healthy human opioid system mediates facial attractiveness preference.

 

How To CAT-Scan (And Hot-Rod) A Stradivarius

How To CAT-Scan (And Hot-Rod) A Stradivarius
November 09, 2008
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=96708334

“It turns out that things that work very well are also very beautiful,” Zygmuntowicz says. “It is sort of an ancient design concept that goes back to Pythagoras — that the universe is designed in … an aesthetic, rational way. That still seems to hold up in the case of the violin.”

Mr. BOYD: The Willemotte, in general, has this wide array of colors. It’s like playing on a rainbow, and the de Gesu just has that kind of punch that I think a lot of fiddle players really gravitate towards. they know that when they play this fiddle, it’s going to soar to the back of the hall, which I think has a lot to do with why they’re rather in some ways more coveted.
It’s not often talked about. I think Guarneris are even more coveted than Strads for that reason.
They’re darker, huskier and they think they’re going to straight to the back of the hall, though I’ve always leaned towards the colors and the slightly more silvery qualities of the Strad.

Mr. ZYGMUNTOWICZ: Now, I mean, I quite agree with his assessment.
The problem is, you know, humans, we use words to describe things which are very inexact and they don’t mean the same thing to you.

HANSEN: Well, how do you measure a rainbow?
How do you measure a punch?

Mr. ZYGMUNTOWICZ: Well, everyone’s got their own language.
So, now I can take this thing to fiddles and do a quick sound analysis on them, and we’ll just see visually, you know, we’ve heard them now.

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Museum Of Bad Art – MOBA

Museum Of Bad Art – MOBA
Gel Conference 2010

Louise Sacco co-founded The Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA) in 1994. She is dedicated to MOBA’s mission: the collection, exhibition, and celebration of bad art. MOBA is based in Boston.

In this Gel video, Louise displays some of her favorite works and describes the thinking behind the museum and its relationship to the artists.