Code: 31104
Departament: Department of Social Sciences and Management
Field of Study: Psychology
    Art Psychology
    Visual Perception
Carla Alexandra Gonçalves
Área Científica: Art History.

Course Description:
This course unit introduces issues related to the study of visual perception, including the way humans perceive all the configurative realities (artistic and non-artistic). Based on the study of visual perception, the course unit develops contents according to the postulates of the Gestalt School and then on some theoretical assumptions developed under the artistic creation, perception and reception of the artwork.

Communicating correctly and fluently in Portuguese;
Learning how to learn, using customized working methodologies, adapted to the specific field;
Using and applying the learned subjects to new situations;
Development scientific research and applying knowledge;
Analysing and verifying theoretical and practical realities, i.e., Psychology and Art Psychoanalysis;
Applying and articulating the acquired knowledge with the objective and daily reality;
Analysing and handling knowledge;
Adapting knowledge to real cases of artistic and non-artistic visual configurations;
Ability to understand, articulate, integrate and problematize the contents (what is art, the psychology of art, visual perception, the Gestalt school, artistic creation and reception).


1. What is art. From forms to the selfhood.
2. From the General Psychology into the Psychology of Art
3. The Psychology of Visual Perception
4. The Gestalt School
5. The artistic creation
6. The perception of the artwork

Gonçalves, Carla Alexandra, Psicologia da Arte. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta, 2000.
Complementary bibliography:
Adams, Laurie Schneider, Arte y Psicolanálisis. Madrid: Ensaios de Arte Catedra, 1997;
Arnheim, Rudolf, Arte & percepção Visual, Uma Psicologia da Visão Criadora, São Paulo, Livraria Pioneira Editora, 1973;
-- Para uma Psicologia da Arte, Arte & Entropia, Lisboa, Dinalivro, 1997;
Marty, Gisèle, Psicologia del Arte. Madrid: Ediciones Pirámide, 1999.
Note: will be published in the classroom, other library resources.


Workload (hours): 156
Contact Hours: 15

Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).

Students are required to have access to a computer with Internet connection and an e-mail address as well as to have computer literacy from the users' perspective.
Language(s) of Instruction: Portuguese.

Language(s) of Instruction: Portuguese.

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