Carmelo Mario Vicario

A Reflection on the Neurobiological Basis of Ugliness

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Keywords: Neuroaesthetics, Ugliness , Disgust, Insula, Amygdala.

This article discusses the hypothesis that the perception of disgust and ugliness share a common neurocognitive pattern. To address this hypothesis, I reviewed the literature on the neural correlates of the experience of ugliness and disgust in healthy individuals and in clinical populations affected by alterations of body perception/body representation. The results are in line with the suggestion of a possible linking between disgust and ugliness in the human cognitive system. This is in line with the theories of «neural recycling» according to which high-level cognitive functions developed from older neural structures/processes.

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