Giacomo Bignardi

Giacomo Bignardi

Doctoral Candidate
Research interests: • aesthetic science • etiology of aesthetic appraisal • quantification of aesthetic experiences • neural correlates of appraisal • genetic architecture of aesthetic experiences

Academic education

since 2019 Doctoral candidate, Max Planck School of Cognition, Leipzig
2019–2020 Research assistant under Prof. Zeki and Dr Tomohiro, Division Biosciences, University College London, UK
2018–2019 Master of Science in Psychology of the Arts, Goldsmiths University of London, UK
2014–2017 Bachelor of Arts in Drama, Art, and Music Studies, University of Bologna, Italy

Scientifc awards

2019 Best poster award, Visual Science of Art Conference, Leuven, Belgium
2016–2017 Erasmus Plus scholarship


Bignardi, G., Ishizu, T., & Zeki, S. (2020). The differential power of extraneous influences to modify aesthetic judgments of biological and artifactual stimuli. PsyCh Journal. Advance online publication. doi:10.1002/pchj.415

Bignardi, G., Ticini, L. F., Smit, D., & Polderman, T. J. (2020). Domain-specific and domain-general genetic and environmental effects on the intensity of visual aesthetic appraisal. PsyArXiv. Preprint. doi:10.31234/

Poster presentations and talks

Bignardi, G. (2020). On the etiology of the intensity of visual aesthetic appraisal and preferences. In A. G. Allegrini, T. van Beijsterveldt, D. Boomsma, K. Rimfeld, J. B. Pingault et al. (Eds.), Behavior Genetics Association 50th Annual Meeting Abstracts Studies, 57(5), 585–595. doi:10.1007/s10519-020-10018-8

Bignardi, G. (2019). Putting genetic in aesthetics: Etiological sources of variation of aesthetic chills. In Abstracts from the 7th Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC) Leuven, Belgium, August 21st–24th, 2019, Art & Perception, 7(4), 251–334

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