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Articles in peer-reviewed journals:



Cattaneo, Z., Schiavi, S., Silvanto, J., Nadal, M. (2017). A TMS study on the contribution of visual area V5 to the perception of implied motion in art and its appreciation. Cognitive Neuroscience, 8, 59-68. [html]




Pearce, M. T., Zaidel, D. W., Vartanian, O., Skov, M., Leder, H., Chatterjee, A., & Nadal, M. (2016). Neuroaesthetics: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Aesthetic Experience. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 11, 265-279. [html]


Gómez-Puerto, G., Munar, E., & Nadal, M. (2016). Preference for curvature: A historical and conceptual framework. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9:712. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00712 [html]




Munar, E., Gómez-Puerto, G., Call, J., & Nadal, M. (2015). Common visual preference for curved contours in humans and great apes. PLoS ONE, 10(11): e0141106. [html]


Machado, P., Romero, J., Nadal, M., Santos, A., Correia, J., & Carballal, A. (2015). Computerized measures of visual complexity. Acta Psychologica, 160, 43-57. [html]


Brieber, D., Leder, H., & Nadal, M. (2015). The experience of art in museums: An attempt to dissociate the role of physical context and genuineness. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 33, 95-105. [pdf]


Ferrari, C., Lega, C., Tamietto, M., Nadal, M., & Cattaneo, Z. (2015). I find you more attractive ... after (prefrontal cortex) stimulation. Neuropsychologia, 72, 87-93. [pdf]


Nadal, M., & Rosselló, J. (2015). Variability and Situatedness of Human Emotions: Comment on “The quartet theory of human emotions: An integrative and neurofunctional model” by S. Koelsch et al. Physics of Life Reviews, 13, 75-76. [pdf]


Cattaneo, Z., Lega, C., Ferrari, C., Vecchi, T., Cela-Conde, C. J., Silvanto, J., & Nadal, M. (2015). The role of the lateral occipital cortex in aesthetic appreciation of representational and abstract paintings: a TMS study. Brain and Cognition, 95, 44-53. [pdf]


Brieber, D., Nadal, M., & Leder, H. (2015). In the white cube: Museum context enhances the valuation and memory of art. Acta Psychologica, 154, 36-42. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2014.11.004. [pdf]


Vartanian, O., Navarrete, G., Chatterjee, A., Fich, L. B., Gonzalez-Mora, J. L., Leder, H., Modroño, C., Nadal, M., Rostrup, N., & Skov, M. (2015). Architectural design and the brain: Effects of ceiling height and perceived enclosure on beauty judgments and approach-avoidance decisions. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 41, 10-18. [pdf]




Cattaneo, Z., Lega, C., Flexas, A., Nadal, M., Munar, E., & Cela-Conde, C. J. (2014). The world can look better: enhancing beauty experience with brain stimulationSocial Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 1713-1721. doi: 10.1093/scan/nst165. [pdf]


Leder, H., & Nadal, M. (2014). Ten years of a model of aesthetic appreciation and aesthetic judgments: The aesthetic episode—developments and challenges in empirical aesthetics. British Journal of Psychology, 105, 443–464. [pdf]


Cattaneo, Z., Lega, C., Gardelli, C., Merabet, L. B., Cela-Conde, C. J. & Nadal, M. (2014). The role of prefrontal and parietal cortices in esthetic appreciation of representational and abstract art: A TMS study. Neuroimage, 99, 443–450. [pdf]


Flexas, A., Rossello-Mir, J., de Miguel, P., Nadal, M. and Munar, E. (2014). Cognitive control and unusual decisions about beauty: An fMRI study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8:520. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00520 [html]


Brieber, D., Nadal, M., Leder, H. & Rosenberg, R. (2014). Art in Time and Space: Context Modulates the Relation between Art Experience and Viewing Time. PLoS ONE, 9(6): e99019. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0099019. [html]


Christensen, J. F.; Nadal, M.; Cela-Conde, C. J. & Gomila, A. (2014). A norming study and library of 203 dance movements. Perception, 43, 178 – 206. [pdf]




Flexas, A.; Rosselló, J.; Christensen, J.F.; Nadal, M.; Olivera La Rosa, A. & Munar, E. (2013). Affective priming using facial expressions modulates liking for abstract art. PLoS ONE, 8(11): e80154. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0080154. [html]


Nadal, M. (2013). The experience of art: Insights from neuroimaging. Progress in Brain Research, 204, 135-158. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-444-63287-6.00007-5. [pdf]


Vartanian, O., Navarrete, G., Chatterjee, A., Fich, L. B., Leder, H., Modrono, C., Nadal, M., Rostrup, N., & Skov, M. (2013). Impact of contour on aesthetic judgments and approach-avoidance decisions in architecture. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110 Suppl 2, 10446-10453. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1301227110. [pdf]


Pang, C. Y.; Nadal, M.; Müller, J. S.; Rosenberg, R. & Klein, C. (2013). Electrophysiological correlates of looking at paintings and its association with art expertise. Biological Psychology, 93, 246–254. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2012.10.013. [pdf]


Nadal, M. & Skov, M. (2013) Introduction to the Special Issue: Toward an Interdisciplinary Neuroaesthetics. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 7, 1-12, doi: 10.1037/a0031842. [pdf]


Zaidel, D.; Nadal, M.; Flexas, A. & Munar, E. (2013). An Evolutionary Approach to Art and Aesthetic Experience. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 7, 100-109, doi: 10.1037/a0028797. [pdf]




Munar, E.; Nadal, M.; Rosselló, J.; Flexas, A.; Moratti, M.; Maestú, F.; Marty, G.; Cela-Conde, C.J. (2012). Lateral Orbitofrontal Cortex Involvement in Initial Negative Aesthetic Impression Formation. PLoS ONE, 7, e38152. [pdf]


Nadal, M., Flexas, A., Gálvez, A., & Cela-Conde, C. J. (2012). Neuroaesthetics: themes from the past, current issues, and challenges for the future. Rendiconti Lincei-Scienze Fisiche e Naturali, 23, 247-258. [pdf]


Cela-Conde, C. J. & Nadal, M. (2012).Taxonomical uses of the species concept in the human lineage. Human Origins Research, 2, e1, doi:10.4081hor.2012.e2. [pdf]


Munar E.; Nadal, M.; Castellanos, N.P.; Flexas, A.; Maestú, F.; Mirasso, C. & Cela-Conde, C.J. (2012). Aesthetic appreciation: event-related field and time-frequency analyses. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5:185. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2011.00185. [pdf]




Zaidel, D. W., & Nadal, M. (2011). Brain intersections of aesthetics and morals: Perspectives from biology, neuroscience, and evolution. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 54, 367-380. [pdf]


Nadal, M. & Pearce, M.T. (2011). The Copenhagen Neuroaesthetics Conference: Prospects and Pitfalls for an Emerging Field. Brain and Cognition, 76, 172–183. [pdf]


Cela-Conde, C. J.; Agnati, L.; Mora, F.; Huston, J. P. & Nadal, M. (2011). The neural foundations of aesthetic appreciation. Progress in Neurobiology, 94, 39–48. [pdf]


Forsythe, A.; Nadal, M.; Sheehy, N.; Cela-Conde, C.J. & Sawey, M. (2011). Predicting beauty: Fractal dimension and visual complexity in art. British Journal of Psychology, 102, 49-70. [pdf]


2010 and earlier


Nadal, M.; Munar, E.; Marty, G. & Cela-Conde, C.J. (2010). Visual complexity and beauty appreciation. Explaining the divergence of results. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 28, 173-191. [pdf]


Cela-Conde, C.J.; Burges, L.; Nadal, M. & Olivera, A. (2010). Altruism and fairness: Unnatural selection? Comptes Rendus Biologies, 333, 174-180.


Nadal, M.; Barceló-Coblijn, L.; Olivera, A.; Christensen, J.; Rincón-Ruíz, C. & Cela-Conde, C.J. (2009). Darwin’s legacy: A comparative approach to the evolution of human derived cognitive traits. Ludus Vitalis, 32, 145-172. [pdf]


Cela-Conde, C.J.; Maestú, F.; Mirasso, C.; Munar, E. & Nadal, M. (2009). Can fMRI Alone Identify Functional Connectivity in the Brain? Science E-letter. [html]


Cela-Conde, C.J.; Ayala, F.J.; Munar, E.; Maestú, F.; Nadal, M.; Capó, M.A.; del Río, D.; López-Ibor, J.J.; Ortiz, T.; Mirasso, C. & Marty, G. (2009). Sex-related similarities and differences in the neural correlates of beauty. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106, 3847-3852. [pdf]


Nadal, M.; Capó, M.A.; Munar, E. & Cela-Conde, C.J. (2009). La evolución de la apreciación estética. Estudios de Psicología, 30, 3-20.


Munar, E.; Nadal, M.; Rosselló, J. & Maestú, F. (2008). Aesthetic Perception Registered by means of Magnetoencephalography. The Spanish Journal of Psychology, 10, 494-494.


Nadal, M.; Munar, E.; Capó, M.A.; Rosselló, J. & Cela-Conde, C.J. (2008). Towards a framework for the study of the neural correlates of aesthetic preference. Spatial Vision, 21, 379-396. [pdf]


Roca, M. A.; Martín-Santos, R.; Saiz, J.; Obiols, J.; Serrano, M.J.; Torrens, M.; Subirà, M.; Gili, M.; Navinés, R.; Ibáñez, A.; Nadal, M.; Barrantes, N. & Cañellas, F. (2007). Diagnostic Interview for Genetic Studies (DIGS): Inter-rater and test-retest reliability and validity in Spanish population. European Psychiatry, 22, 44-48.


Tomàs C.; Cañellas, F.; Rodriguez, V.; Picornell, A.; Lafau, O.; Nadal, M.; Roca, M.; Serrano, M.J.; Castro, J.A. & Ramon, M.M. (2006). Genetic linkage study for Bipolar disorders on chromosomes 17 and 18 in families with a high expression of mental illness from the Balearic Islands. Psychiatric Genetics, 16, 145-151. [pdf]


Nadal, M.; Capó, M.A. & Cela-Conde, C.J. (2006). El papel de la teoría evolutiva en la antropología. Evolución, 1, 43-46.


Nadal, M.; Marty, G. & Munar, E. (2006). The search for objective measures of aesthetic judgment: The case of memory traces. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 24, 95-106. [pdf]


Nadal, M.; Amengual-Bunyola, G.A.; Ramis, C.; Capó, M. & Cela Conde, C.J. (2006). Recent genetic contributions to the study of language. Ludus Vitalis, 14, 187-204.


Capó, M.; Nadal, M. & Cela Conde, C.J. (2006). Moral Consilience. Biological Theory, 1, 133-135.


Capó, M.A.; Nadal, M.; Ramos, C.; Fernández, A. & Cela Conde, C.J. (2006). Neuroética. Derecho y Neurociencia. Ludus Vitalis, 25, 163-176.


Fernández, A.; Marty, G.; Nadal, M.; Capó, M.A. & Cela-Conde, C.J. (2005). Derecho y neurociencia. Ludus Vitalis, 23, 131-138.


Maestú, F.; González-Marqués, J.; Marty, G.; Nadal, M.; Cela Conde, C. J. & Ortiz, T. (2005). La Magnetoencefalografía: una nueva herramienta para el estudio de los procesos cognitivos básicos. Psicothema, 17, 459-464.


Marty, G.; Munar, E. & Nadal, M. (2005). Familiaridad y evaluación de estímulos estéticos en función de la educación artística. Psicothema, 17, 319-324.


Nadal-Roberts, M & Collard, M. (2005). Impact of Methodological Choices on Assessments of the Reliability of Fossil Primate Phylogenetic Hypotheses. Folia Primatologica, 76, 207-221.


Cela-Conde, C.J.; Marty, G.; Munar, E.; Nadal, M. & Burges, L. (2002). The 'Style Scheme' grounds perception of paintings. Perceptual and Motors Skills, 95, 91-100. [pdf].





Books and book chapters:


Leder, H. & Nadal, M. (2016). Perception and art. In H. L. Miller (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Theory in Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. (pp. 652-654).


Huston, J. P.; Nadal, M.; Mora, F.; Agnati, L. F. & Cela-Conde, C. J. (Eds.) (2015). Art, Aesthetics and the Brain. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [OUP


Nadal, M. & Skov, M. (2015). Neuroesthetics. In J. D. Wright (editor-in-chief.) International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Second Edition), Vol16. Oxford: Elsevier. (pp. 656–663). [html] [pdf]


Nadal, M. & Gómez-Puerto, G. (2014). Evolutionary approaches to art and aesthetics. In P. P. L. Tinio & J. K. Smith (Eds): The Cambridge handbook of the psychology of aesthetics and the arts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (pp. 167-194). [pdf]


Nadal, M.; Gomila, A. & Gàlvez-Pol, A. (2014). A history for neuroaesthetics. In J. O. Lauring (Ed): An introduction to neuroaesthetics: The neuroscientific approach to aesthetic experience, artistic creativity, and arts appreciation. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press. (pp. 3-49). [pdf]


Nadal, M. (2014). Neuroaesthetics: Brain, beauty and art. In Brain.org. Forum Gulbenkian de Saúde 2012. Lisbon: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. (pp. 71-93).


Nadal, M.; Flexas, A. (2012). Bases biológicas de la creatividad. El enfoque desde la neuroestética. In: Perote Alejandre (Coord.): Creatividad y neurociencia cognitiva. Madrid: Instituto Tomás Pascual Sanz.


Burges, L.; Cela-Conde, C.J.; Nadal, M. (2012). Altruism and sexual selection. In F. de Sousa & G. Munévar (Eds.): Sex, reproduction and Darwinism. London: Pickering & Chatto. (pp. 127-140).


Munar, E.; Nadal, M. (2011). Cerebral clues on the evolution of aesthetic appreciation. In: J. Martínez Contreras & A. Ponce de León (Eds.) Darwin's Evolving Legacy. México: Siglo XXI.


Nadal, M.; Flexas, A.; Cela-Conde, C. J. (2010). La capacidad para la apreciación estética: una evolución en mosaico. In A. Martín Araguz (Ed.): Neuroestética. Madrid: Saned SA Ediciones (pp. 15-28). [pdf]


Nadal, M.; Capó, M. A.; Munar, E.; Marty, G. & Cela Conde, C.J. (2009). Constraining hypotheses on the evolution of art and aesthetic appreciation. In M. Skov & O. Vartanian (Eds): Neuroaesthetics. Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing (pp. 103-129). [pdf]


Nadal, M.; Capó, M.; Peters, A. & Cela-Conde, C.J. (2009). The Mosaic Evolution of Aesthetic Preference. In H. Høgh-Olesen, J. Tønnesvang & P. Bertelsen (Eds): Human Characteristics: Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Mind and Kind. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (pp. 17-43).


Munar, E.; Rosselló, J.; Cela-Conde, C.J.; Marty, G. & Nadal, M. (2008). Modelos teóricos y neurociencia cognitiva de la percepción. In F. Maestú Unturbe, M. Ríos Lago & R. Cabestrero Alonso (Eds): Neuroimagen. Técnicas y procesos cognitivos. Barcelona: Masson-Elsevier (pp. 317-348).


Munar, E.; Rosselló, J.; Maiche, A.; Travieso, D. & Nadal, M. (2008). Modelos teóricos y neurociencia cognitiva de la percepción. In J. Tirapu Ustárrroz, M. Rios Lago & F. Maestú Unturbe (Eds): Manual de Neuropsicología. Barcelona: Viguera Editores (pp. 57-95).


Cela Conde, C.J.; Ramos, C.; Fernández, A. & Nadal, M. (2008). ¿Por qué razón hay que conservar las especies? In J. Mayol y C. Viada (Eds.): El rumbo del Arca. Palma: Conselleria de Medi Ambient del Govern de les Illes Balears (pp. 45-50).


Cela-Conde, C.J.; Capó, M.A.; Nadal, M.; Gual, J.; Fernández, M. & Ramos, C. (2007). De homínido a humano. In L. Feito (Ed.): Nuevas perspectivas científicas y filosóficas sobre el ser humano. Madrid: Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (pp. 67-92).


Ayala, F.J.; Capó, M.A.; Cela Conde, C.J. & Nadal, M. (2007). Can genetics throw some light on the evolution of the human li neage? In A. Fagot-Largeault, J.M. Torres, S. Rahman (Eds.): The Influence of Genetics on Contemporary Thinking. Dordrecht: Springer (pp. 3-23).


Vartanian, O. & Nadal, M. (2007). A biological approach to a model of aesthetic experience. In L. Dorfman, C. Martindale & V. Petrov (Eds.): Aesthetics and Innovation. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (pp. 429-444). [pdf]


Cela-Conde, C.J; Capó, M.; Nadal, M. & Ramos, C. (2007). What Do We Know of the Social Brain? In O. Vilarroya & F. Forn (Eds): Social Brain Matters. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi Verlag (pp. 201-214). ISBN: 10 1-4020-5663X.


Cela Conde, C. J. & Nadal, M. (2007). L'origen de les facultats mentals humanes. In Museu de Ciències Naturals (Ed): Orígens. Univers, Terra, Vida, Humanitat. Barcelona: Museu de Ciències Naturals - Ajuntament de Barcelona (pp.138-147). ISBN: 84-7609-362-4.


Cela-Conde, C.J.; López, C.; Nadal, M.; Capó, M.A.; Corés, A.; Mascaró, A. & Marty, G. (2006). Creativity and Evolution. In T.G. Bromage, A. Vidal, E. Aguirre & A. Perez-Ochoa (2006). International Congress Series 1296: Integrative Approaches to Human Health and Evolution. Amsterdam: Elsevier Publishers Limited (pp. 95-105). ISBN: 978-0444528605.


Cela-Conde, C.J.; Marty, G.; Nadal, M.; Capó, M.A.; López, C. & Fernández, A. (2005). Gramática generativa y mente. In L.F. Vila-Pillado & R.M. Area Carracedo (Comps.): O saber holístico. Homenaxe ó Profesor Rof Carballo. Vigo: Asociación Galega de Saúde Mental (pp. 105-118). ISBN: 84-935033-2-0.


Cela-Conde, C. J.; Fernández, A.; Nadal, M.; Capó, M. A. & Ramis, C. (2005). La evolución de la inteligencia humana: ¿una búsqueda imposible? In F. Guillén-Salazar (Ed.), Existo, luego pienso. Los primates y la evolución de la inteligencia humana. Madrid: Ateles (pp. 253-266). ISBN: 84-932659-9-3.


Cela Conde, C.J.; Nadal, M.; Capó, M. A.; Ramis, C. & Fernández, A. (2004). Sobre la evolución de la mente. In J. Sanjuán & C.J. Cela-Conde (Eds.): La profecía de Darwin. Del origen de la mente a la Psicopatología. Barcelona: Ars Medica (pp. 25-36). ISBN: 84-9751-090-9.

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