Humans' relationship to flowers as an example of the multiple components of embodied aesthetics

Ephrat Huss, Kfir Bar Yosef, Michele Zaccai

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This paper phenomenologically and qualitatively explores the relationship between humans and flowers as a relationship that throws light on the synergetic dynamics of embodied aesthetics. Its methods include qualitative description and thematic analyses of preferred flower types, as well as concept maps of the general term 'flower' by 120 students in Israel. The results revealed the interactive perceptual-compositional elements, as well as embodied, relational, and socially embedded elements of the aesthetic pleasure associated with flowers. Implications of this case study are generalized to understand the multiple and interactive components of embodied aesthetic experiences as a deep source of pleasure through interactive stimulation by and connection to the natural world.

Original languageEnglish
Article number0032
JournalBehavioral Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2018


  • Arts in social work
  • Arts-based research
  • Embodied aesthetic experiences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Development
  • Genetics
  • General Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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