Art Psychology
Cod: 31104
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: Psychology
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This course unit introduces issues related to the study of visual perception, including the way humans perceive all the configurative realities (artistic and non-artistic). Based on the study of visual perception, the course unit develops contents according to the postulates of the Gestalt School and then on some theoretical assumptions developed under the artistic creation, perception and reception of the artwork.

Psychology of Art
Visual Perception

Ability to learn how to learn, using personalized work methodologies adapted to the area of knowledge in question;
Understand the concepts with which this Course Unit works;
Ability to relation the knowledge acquired in this Curricular Unit with those of other areas of knowledge (Aesthetics, artistic theory, psychology and psychoanalysis, etc.);
Ability to adapt acquired knowledge to specific cases and to the real life;
Understand the relation of human being with the perceptive reality;  
To know how the human being behaves (psychologically) in the confrontation with the work of art;
Ability to understand, articulate, integrate and problematize the main contents (what is art, the psychology of art, visual perception, expression, artistic creation and reception).

1. What is art. The forms and the subjects.
2. From General Psychology to Art Psychology
3. The Psychology of Visual Perception
4. The Gestalt School
5. From artistic creation
6. The perception of the work of art

Adams, Laurie Schneider, Arte y Psicolanálisis. Madrid: Ensaios de Arte Catedra, 1997;
Arnheim, Rudolf, Arte & percepção Visual, Uma Psicologia da Visão Criadora. São Paulo: Livraria Pioneira Editora, 1973;
-- Para uma Psicologia da Arte, Arte & Entropia. Lisboa: Dinalivro, 1997;
Damásio, António, O Sentimento de Si: O Corpo, a Emoção e a Neurobiologia da Consciência. Lisboa: Publicações Europa-América, 2000.
Engelmann, Arno,«A Psicologia da Gestalt e a Ciência Empírica Contemporânea», Psicologia: Teoria e Pesquisa, Vol. 18 n. 1, 2002, pp. 1 – 16;
Ferraz, Gustavo Cruz,  Kastrup, Virgínia, «A coexistência de formas e forças: a atualidade das contribuições Gestaltistas ao campo da arte». Psico, volume 41, nº. 4. Porto Alegre: PUCRS, 2010. pp. 423-431
Gonçalves, Carla Alexandra, Para uma Introdução à Psicologia da Arte. As formas e os sujeitos. Lisboa: Edições 70, Colecção Arte & Comunicação, 2018.
Kendler, Howard H., Introdução à Psicologia. Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 1989;
Marty, Gisèle, Psicologia del Arte. Madrid: Ediciones Pirámide, 1999.
Vigotsky, L. S., Psicologia da Arte. S. P.: Martins Fontes, 1999;
Velasco, Ignacio; Spence, Charles e Navarra, Jordi, «El sistema perceptivo: esa pequeña máquina del tiempo», Anales de Psicologia, vol. 27. Murcia: Universidade de Murcia, 2011, pp. 195-201.Note: will be published in the classroom, other library resources.


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a final digital test, Global e-folio (e-folio G) at the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final exam (100%).

Students are required to have access to a computer with Internet connection and an e-mail address as well as to have computer literacy from the users' perspective.
Language(s) of Instruction: Portuguese.