Fakultät Humanwissenschaften

Lehrstuhl für Allgemeine Psychologie und Methodenlehre

Dr. Claudia Muth, M.Sc. Cognitive Science, B.A. Cultural Design

 

Room: M3/213

Tel: +49 (0)951 / 863 3962

Claudia.Muth(at)uni-bamberg.de

 

Research interest

semantic instability, art perception, the pleasure of insight and problem solving

 

Education

2015 PhD (Psychology) at the University of Bamberg

2011 Master of Science (Cognitive Science) at the University of Vienna

2007 Bachelor of Arts (Cultural Design) at the University of Applied Sciences Schwäbisch Hall

 

Publications

Muth, C., Albrecht, S., & Carbon, C. C. (2017). Affect and self-efficacy infuse the experience of ambivalent photographs. Psihologija, 50(3), 307-317.

Muth, C., Hesslinger, V. M., & Carbon, C. C. (in press). Variants of Semantic Instability (SeIns) in the arts. A classification study based on experiential reports. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

Raab, M., Carbon, C. C., & Muth, C. (2017). Am Anfang war die Verschwörungstheorie. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag. doi: 10.1007/978-3-662-53883-8

Muth, C., Raab, M. H., & Carbon, C. C. (2017). Expecting the Unexpected: How Gallery Visitors Experience Semantic Instability in Art. Art & Perception,5(2), 1–22. doi: 10.1163/22134913-00002062

Muth, C., Raab, M. H., & Carbon, C. C. (2016). Semantic stability is more pleasurable in unstable episodic contexts. On the relevance of perceptual challenge in art appreciation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10(43). doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00043

Muth, C., & Carbon, C. C. (2016). SeIns: Semantic Instability in Art. Art & Perception, 4(1-2), 145–184. doi: 10.1163/22134913-00002049

Muth, C., Hesslinger, V., & Carbon, C. C. (2015). The appeal of challenge in the perception of art: How ambiguity, solvability of ambiguity and the opportunity for insight affect appreciation. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 9(3), 206-216. doi: 10.1037/a0038814

Muth, C., Raab, M. H. and Carbon, C. C. (2015). The stream of experience when watching artistic movies. Dynamic aesthetic effects revealed by the continuous evaluation procedure (CEP). Frontiers in Psychology 6(365). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00365

Raab, M. H., Muth, C., & Carbon, C. C. (2013). M5oX: Methoden zur multidimensionalen und dynamischen Erfassung des Nutzererlebens. In S. Boll- Westermann, S. Maaß & R. Malaka (Eds.), Workshopband Mensch & Computer 2013 (p. 155-164). München: Oldenburg Verlag.

Muth, C., Pepperell, R., & Carbon, C. C. (2013). Give me gestalt! Preference for cubist artworks revealing high detectability of objects. Leonardo, 46(5), 488-489.

Muth C., Carbon, C. C. (2013). The Aesthetic Aha: On the pleasure of having insights into Gestalt. Acta Psychologica, 144(1), 25–30.

 

Teaching (selection of current and previous topics)

University of Bamberg (Psychology):

· Aesthetics and the attraction of challenge

· Visual arts meet music: emotional, affective, cognitive, & dynamic processes

· Empiriepraktikum: Vom Vergnügen an (In-)Stabilitäten. Irritation als Potential zu neuer Erkenntis
  [The pleasures of instability. Irritation as a potential for new insight]

· Visual perception: from sensation to perceptual problem solving

· Visual perception and illusions: Practical implications for advertising, usability, design and aesthetics

· Natur-Technik-Kognition. Interdisziplinäres Seminar zu den Themen Schwarmintelligenz und
  Emergenz [Nature-Technology-Cognition. An interdisciplinary seminar on collective intelligence
  and emergence]

 

University of Vienna (Cognitive Science; MEi:CogSci):

· Sense making on shaky grounds - the pleasures of instability in body and mind

 

Faber-Castell Akademie (Graphic design):

· Wahrnehmungspsychologie [Psychology of perception]

 

Projects of science communication

Current: Development of conference program and conceptual work for the science-center on perception and illusion “turmdersinne”, Nuremberg (www.turmdersinne.de)

Current: Virtual exhibition in public space “Dem Widerstand auf der Spur [On the track of resistance]”: widerstand.denkakt.com. Remembrance markers on public walls motivate to explore personal stories of people who opposed the political NAZI-system during 1933-1945 in Nuremberg – a project by denk.akt, supported by Ernst-Rummel-Förderung

Current: “Natur–Technik–Kognition. Ein interdisziplinäres Seminar zu den Themen Schwarmintelligenz und Emergenz und deren Vermittlung durch digitale Medien” [Nature–Technology–Cognition. An interdisciplinary seminar on collective intelligence and emergence and their communication by digital media]. Collaboration with the department “Didaktik der Naturwissenschaften” [didactics of natural sciences], University of Bamberg and the museum “bionicum”, Nuremberg, supported by Joachim-Herz-Stiftung

2014/2015: Assistance for training in visual marketing for small and medium-sized businesses “Visual Marketing für KMU”, supported by the EU (Europäischer Sozialfonds) and Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern (vhb)

2014: Workshop at the international youth summer camp of the memorial Gedenkstätte Bergen-Belsen: “How does memory work, how can it be deceived and why do we need a culture of remembrance?” – a project by denk.akt

2014: Design of an interactive exhibit on the perception of motion for the science center turmdersinne (www.turmdersinne.de)

2013: Development of an online-seminar for Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern (vhb) ”Visuelle Wahrnehmung und wie sie uns täuscht: Praktische Implikationen für Werbung, Usability, Design und Ästhetik” [Visual perception and illusions: Practical implications for advertising, usability, design and aesthetics]

 

Art projects

2013 Irritation und Auflösung. Visuelle Einsicht als Experiment: Griesbadgalerie Ulm, www.griesbadgalerie.de

2010 Momente Auflösen: Video installation, part of exhibition „Warten“, Fürth

2009 Konstrukte: Video installation, part of exhibition „my face your space“, Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall

2005 drunter&drüber: Participatory art project, Design of an underground with pupils from the „Friedensberg-Schule“ Schwäbisch Hall

2004 Sinneszellen: Art installations in former prison cells, Schwäbisch Hall

  

Conference contributions

Talks

Muth, C., & Carbon, C. C. (2017). The pleasures of Semantic Instability (SeIns) in art: if an artwork challenges our perceptual habits, insights are joyful and the promise of insights raises interest. 59th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (TeaP), Dresden/Germany (26.3.-29.3.2017).

Muth, C. & Carbon, C. C. (2016). Semantic Instability (SeIns) in the arts. How artworks affect us by inducing, complicating, and contradicting the formation of stable meanings. 4th Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC), Barcelona/Spain (27.08.-28.08.2014).

Muth, C. (2016). Das ästhetische Aha! Wie Kunst uns belohnt, auch wenn sie unlösbare Rätsel aufgibt. Von Sinnen—turmdersinne Planetarium, Nuremberg/Germany (22.3.-17.5.2016).

Hesslinger, V., Muth, C., Albrecht, S. & Carbon, C. C. (2014). A triangular approach to ambiguity in aesthetics. Integrating object-, person-, and context-related factors. Psychological Perspectives on Aesthetics, workshop at the MPI for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt/Germany (11.12.-13.12.2014).

Muth, C., Raab, M., & Carbon, C. C. (2014). Stream along the aesthetic mind. The dynamics of elaborating artistic movies. 37th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Belgrade/Serbia (24.08.-28.08.2014).

Muth, C., Raab, M., & Carbon, C. C. (2014). The dynamics of ‘Aesthetic Aha’: Insightful moments during the elaboration of artistic movies increase appreciation. 2nd Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC), Belgrade/Serbia (23.08.-24.08.2014).

Muth, C., & Carbon, C. C. (2013). Ambiguity in art: about the various ways to irritation and their link to appreciation and ambiguity-tolerance. 55th conference of experimental psychologists (TeaP), Vienna/Austria (24.03.-27.03.2013).

Muth, C., & Carbon, C. C. (2012). Ambiguity in art: Theories, definitions and empirical data. 1st Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC), Alghero/Italy (01.09.-02.09.2012).

Muth, C. (2012). The aesthetic aha. About the pleasure of having insights into Gestalt and its relevance for the appreciation of modern art. Art and perception, Paris/France (28.05.-29.05.2012).

Muth, C. (2010). The pleasure of enacting meaning: Aesthetic perception and pretend play. 13th International Multiconference Information Society, Ljubljana/Slovenia (11.10.-15.10.2010).

Muth, C. (2010). The relation of elaboration and liking in aesthetic perception: Aesthetics as the pleasure of enacting meaning. 4th MEi:CogSci Conference, Dubrovnik/Croatia (18.06.-19.06.2010).

 

Poster

Muth, C., & Carbon, C. C. (2016). Interest is evoked by semantic instability and the promise of new insight. 39th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Barcelona/Spain (28.08.-01.09.2016).

Albrecht, S., Muth, C., & Carbon, C. C. (2016). Challenge is interesting: On the appeal of hidden emotional Mooney Faces. 39th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Barcelona/Spain (28.08.-01.09.2016).

Muth, C., Hesslinger, V.M., & Carbon, C.C. (2015). Unsolvable, yet insightful: The appeal of indeterminate and ambiguous artworks. 38th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Liverpool/UK (23.08.-27.08.2015).

Muth, C., Raab, M.H., & Carbon, C.C. (2015). On the relationship between determinacy and art appreciation across different episodic contexts. 3rd Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC), Liverpool/UK (22.08.-23.08.2015).

Raab, M.H., Muth, C., & Carbon, C.C. (2014). What can the pupil size tell us about aesthetics? Towards a multidimensional model of complex continuous experience. 37th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Belgrade/Serbia (24.08.-28.08.2014).

Raab, M.H., Muth, C., & Carbon, C.C. (2014). Expecting the unexpected: Art gallery visitors judge ambiguous artistic film material as less indeterminate and more pleasurable. 2nd Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC), Belgrade/Serbia (23.08.-24.08.2014).

Muth, C., Pepperell, R., & Carbon, C. C. (2013). In search of Gestalt. Detectability of objects within cubist artworks enhances appreciation. 36th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Bremen/Germany (25.08.-29.08.2013).

Muth, C., & Carbon, C. C. (2012). There’s more than one way to irritation! An attempt to categorize ambiguity in art. 35th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Alghero/Italy (02.09.-06.09.2012).

Muth, C., & Carbon, C. C. (2011). The relation between elaboration and liking in perceiving ambiguous aesthetic stimuli. 34th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Toulouse/France (28.8.-01.9.2011).

Muth, C. (2009). Approaching active perception. 3rd MEi:CogSci Conference, Vienna/Austria (19.06.-20.06.2009).