Cognition and the Arts: The Cognitive Value of Art and Its Relation to Other Cognitive Systems

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Cognition is the result of crucial changes in human evolution, which caused the subject's mental differentiation and his/her ability to reflect the environment and one’s own mind. Throughout history it has always been under a strong influence of social and cultural factors. These determine even contemporary scientific and artistic knowledge. Between both systems of cognition there are some fundamental differences. Science tends toward the formation of clear meanings, while art intentionally produces obscure and undifferentiated meanings and by this contributes to their multiplicity. This brings artistic meanings closer to the magic, mythic, and religious meanings, for the beginnings of artistic creation were fused with myth, ritual, and religion. At first they were not articulated, so unarticulated expression could be denoted as the oldest and the most primitive form of the subject’s creative intervention into the environment. Nowadays art represents an elaborated and complex knowledge system, full of symbolic meanings, which can be understood only by profound studying of some universal and some culturally specific determinants of human existence. To some extent they are also determined by the form of the works of art, but most often they surpass their formal limitations.


Keywords: Cognition, Art, Science, Myth, Culture, Meaning Analysis
Stream: Knowledge
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: , Cognition and the Arts


Prof. Dr. Asja Nina Kovacev

Professor of Cultural Sociology and General Psichology, Health Faculty, University of Ljubljana
Ljubljana, Slovenia, Slovenia

Prof. Dr. Dr. Asja Nina Kovacev was born on December 20, 1967 in Ljubljana. After graduating and finishing her Master's Studies, she got the Philosophical Degree (Ph.D.) of Cultural Sociology and after that the Philosophical Degree (Ph.D.) of Psychology of Personality. She is a Full Professor of General Psychology and a Full Professor of Cultural Sociology at University of Ljubljana and lectures at three faculties. i.e. at Health Faculty, Faculty of Arts, and Music Academy. By now she has successfully presented over 60 papers at international congresses and has got 8 important international scientific prizes. She has published about 70 papers and 7 books. She masters six world languages and is a member of several international scientific associations, mainly concerned with culture and art. Her research and main works are focused on symbolism, rite and theatre, applied aesthetics, colour meanings and their role in the tradition of different cultures, body aesthetics, space, body language and non-verbal communication, individual and cultural identity, emotions, personality and social interaction.

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