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Humans’ Relationship to Flowers as an Example of the Multiple Components of Embodied Aesthetics

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Spitzer Department of Social Work, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheva 84105, Israel
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Department of Life Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheva 84105, Israel
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Behav. Sci. 2018, 8(3), 32; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs8030032
Received: 15 November 2017 / Revised: 5 February 2018 / Accepted: 23 February 2018 / Published: 1 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Embodied Aesthetics and Interpersonal Resonance)
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: arts-based research; embodied aesthetic experiences; arts in social work arts-based research; embodied aesthetic experiences; arts in social work
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Huss, E.; Bar Yosef, K.; Zaccai, M. Humans’ Relationship to Flowers as an Example of the Multiple Components of Embodied Aesthetics. Behav. Sci. 2018, 8, 32.

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