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Guidelines for abstract submission

For the conference we welcome contributions that use scientific methods to investigate aesthetic experience and aesthetic behavior in a wide variety of domains, including encounters with beauty, visual art, music, literature, film, theater, philosophy, or museum behavior.

Irrespective of the type of contribution, we are striving to showcase high-quality research. All abstracts should be no more than 250 words and consider the guidelines on this page for dividing important information.

Please note that each conference participant should be presenter of only ONE contribution.  Of course, submissions as co-authors can be for more than one contribution.

To ensure that your submission is as successful and as impactful for our IAEA audience as possible, we encourage you to carefully consider the following suggestions for organizing your abstract.

Guidelines for structuring the abstract

Title: <Use a title that summarizes what your research is about, or a research question>



Category: <Talks in Symposia, Individual talk; Poster; Art and Science>



Abstract: Please include the following points.

Topic: The abstract should start with a brief explanation of the topic. Submissions should be clearly related to some issue of empirical aesthetics.

Clear research target (4-5 sentences): Submissions should have a clear research question or statement of purpose that the author wishes to address.

Empirical component (Methods: (3-4 sentences), Findings (1-2 sentences)): If possible, all submissions should involve an empirical component, and should be new research. These should include mentioning relevant methods (number and nature of subjects, type of measures, main aspects of procedure, type of data analysis). Thus, we strongly encourage to present results of empirical research. We are happy to consider both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Nonetheless, we will also consider purely theoretical discussions (e.g., new models or comparisons of current approaches or theories). We encourage authors to connect this clearly to empirical topics.

Implications and Connection to general readership (2-3 sentences): Why is your research important? Finally, in addition to the general conclusion and answer to the research questions, we encourage all presenters to take the time to consider the wider ramifications of their research. Specifically, we encourage all presenters to end with a brief discussion of why this research is important, or how it might affect the audience in their personal or academic endeavors. This is also your time to take a chance with a wild new idea or new direction, and we hope will lead to a lively debate and interest in the audience.

All contributions should be handed in via the Conftool system.

Guidelines for types of contributions


Individual talk


Art and Science

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