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Helmut Leder is Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Head of the Department of Basic Psychological Research and Research Methods at the University of Vienna, since 2004. He is Head of the Research Focus "Perceptual Aesthetics", and Deputy Head of the Cognitive Sciences Research Platform.

His main fields of research are aesthetics, psychology of the arts, design – and face perception. He holds a PhD from the University of Fribourg.  He was a visiting researcher at the University of Stirling, ATR Japan, USC and UCSD, at the Languages of Emotion-Cluster, FU Berlin, and Queens College, NYU. He is the author or co-author of many scholarly publications (Google Scholar Citations).

For his research in empirical aesthetics he was awarded the Berlyne Award for career contributions to the psychology of aesthetics of the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Baumgarten Award of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA). His research was sponsored by several grants in the field of empirical aesthetics, face processing and with industrial partners.


5 selected papers:

Leder, H. & Bruce, V. (2000). When inverted faces are recognised: the role of configural information in face recognition. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 53A, 513-536

Leder, H., Belke, B., Oeberst, A. & Augustin, D. (2004). A model of aesthetic appreciation and aesthetic judgements. British Journal of Psychology, 95, 489-508

Leder, H., Gerger, G., Brieber, D., & Schwarz, N. (2014). What makes an art expert? Emotion and evaluation in art appreciation. Emotion & Cognition.
doi: 10.1080/02699931.2013.870132

Jakesch, M., Forster, M. & Leder, H. (2013, in press). Image Ambiguity and Fluency. Plos One. (JIF=3.73)

Leder, H. (2013). Acknowledging the diversity of aesthetic experiences: effects of style, meaning and context. Commentary on Bullot and Reber. Behavioural and Brain, Sciences. Bullot & Reber for BBS 36(5) 2012. Commentary The artful mind meets art history: Toward a psycho-framework for the science of art appreciation.


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