Principal Investigator


Raphael Rosenberg is the PI of this project and professor at the Department of Art History at the University of Vienna. His research focuses are italian renaissance art, 19th century art, the history of art literature and art reception, and empirical art perception (Lab for Cognitive Research in Art History: CReA).



Helmut Leder is Head of the Department of Basic Psychological Research and Research Methods at the University of Vienna. He is Professor of General Psychology and established the research focus Psychological Aesthetics.

Project Members


Jane Boddyco-author of the grant application, is pursuing a PhD in art history with a project that looks at interactions between art theory and psychological aesthetics in the period 1890-1910. The project examines whether historical hypotheses from art theory are actually testable and, by extension, empirically provable.


Hanna Brinkmannco-author of the grant application, studied art history at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich and at the University of Vienna. She also completed a minor in psychology. In her PhD project "The Cultural Eye" she focused on cultural variance in art perception regarding Austria and Japan. From 2013-2016 she was a DOCteam-fellow of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Beatrice Immelmann studied Art History at University of Heidelberg, Université Libre de Bruxelles and University of Vienna. Her PhD project is focused on the term vibration in discussions on aesthetic effect, and its use to link the assumed effects of sound, colour and gesture.


Eva Specker completed a Research Master in Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, during this time and during her B.A. she also completed minors in Art History, Museum Studies and Art Studies.

Maximilian Douda is studying Psychology at University of Vienna with major interests in empirical Aesthetics and Arts. He joined the project in November 2017 as research assistant.


Hamida Sivac, BA, joined the team in February 2017 as a student assistant.

Associated Members

Michael Forster studied Psychology at the University of Vienna. In his PhD he studied how the ease of processing an object is linked to feelings of ease and to liking. Currently, he is Post-Doc at the Department of Psychological Basic Research and Research Methods, Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna.


Matthew Pelowski is a Marie Curie H2020 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Basic Psychological Research and Research Methods, Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna, where he is researching the interaction of art and the brain. Previously, he worked as a Postdoc in the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, and received his PhD in Information Science and Cognitive Psychology from the University of Nagoya, Japan, where he focused on museum studies of art experience.