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Alan Davison

Associate Professor and Head of School, Arts, University of New England

I am a career academic with training in musicology. Most of my early research was on portraits of musicians, then music and visual culture more generally. Most recently I am working in neuroaesthetics, brain cognition and music.

It's time for the 'science of sensibility' to return

Jun 28, 2016 20:14 pm UTC| Insights & Views Science

What is beauty in art? Why can art move us emotionally? How do our minds and bodies respond to art? These and other questions, some linked to what we now call aesthetics, occupied some of the greatest minds of the...

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Economy

New Zealand’s economy expands 0.5 pct in Q1 2018, in line with market expectations

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New Zealand bonds close rangebound after Q1 2018 GDP meets expectations, lower than previous

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Australian bonds plunge as concerns simmer over escalation of trade war

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UK gilts narrowly mixed ahead of BoE’s monetary policy decision, Governor Carney’s speech

The UK gilts remained narrowly mixed during European session Wednesday ahead of Bank of Englands (BoE) monetary policy meeting, scheduled to be held on June 21 and Governor Mark Carneys speech, following the decision, for...

Politics

Venezuelans are boycotting their presidential election

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Profile: Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's hardline defence minister

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The first terrorist act in Indonesian prison: the triggers and how to prevent them

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South Africa's print media is failing to empower citizens on corruption

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Science

Bacteria Could Be the Key To Breathing on Mars, Study Says

The atmosphere on Mars is so thin that humans wont be able to breathe on the red planet unless they are wearing space suits. With plans to colonize it, wearing the bulky apparel would pose a considerable level of...

Magnets Could Be the Key to Better Wine, Study Finds

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Scientists Just Found A Black Hole That Is Eating Everything In Its Path

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Technology

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