Nancy's Project Community Reflection

Reflections on teaching and learning in the Hague University's Project Community class. My main blog is

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New research suggests we consider the amount of effort that goes into making a work of art when we’re evaluating it—and take off points for collaborations. • Art is very often a collaborative endeavor. Yet the paintings, poems, and piano pieces we esteem most highly are almost always attributed to a single creator. So is there something special about work that emerges from a individual imagination? If not, what’s behind our bias? Newly published research comes up with some surprising insights. It finds our perception of the quality of a work of art hinges in part on the amount of work we feel went into its creation. Odd as it sounds, the same piece seems less impressive if it is the product of two or three people, as opposed to a solitary artist. “For creative works, perceptions of quality appear to be based on perceptions of individual, rather than total, effort,” Yale University researchers Rosanna Smith and George Newman write in the journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts. Their findings suggest art “is not evaluated as a static entity, but rather as an endpoint in a ‘creative performance.’”