How much can you win?

Works of art make us think and can release feelings. How does that come about?

In this study we investigate how our brain reacts to works of art. The study consists of two parts: an online section and a later fMRI measurement.

In the online section, you will have to complete two image based-task and have the potential of winning bonus of maximum 10€ depending on your performance. The second part of the study will take place in the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner at the Brain Imaging Center in Niederrad. Here we will record your brain activity while you perform various cognitive tasks. The main task is to look at artworks and evaluate them while lying in the scanner.

The online part of the study takes about an hour and has to be done 2 days before the fMRI part. The fMRI measurement takes 1hr 30mins including preparation and follow-up.

For the online questionnaire you will receive an expense allowance of 14€(plus bonus points you won) by bank transfer to your bank account. For the associated fMRI appointment, you will be paid a further 30€ (plus bonus points you won)  in cash.

In order to participate in this study you need to meet the following requirements:

  • age between 18–65 years
  • good English skills( native not necessary)
  • no neurological or psychiatric diseases
  • no non-removable metal in/at your body (e.g., retainer, contraceptive coil, tattoo, permanent Make-up, nail polish, mascara, cardiac pacemaker, defibrillator, metal plates, screws, wires)
  • no implants or prostheses (e.g., shunts, stents, cochlea implant, aneurysm clips or artificial joints)
  • no metal splinters are in your body, e.g., no metal chips (e.g., from metal processing industry) or shrapnel (e.g., from war)
  • for women: no pregnancy
  • no claustrophobia
  • you have a laptop or PC or other device with a keyboard from which you can complete the online questionnaires

To receive an invitation e-mail with a link to the online task and date selection, please fill in the details below.

If you have any questions or concerns about the study, you can reach us at

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Information on Data Storage and Study Participation

Your personal data will be handled confidentially, stored exclusively in the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, and not disclosed to any third party. Access to your data will be restricted to a clearly defined group of Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics staff who are responsible for recruiting participants in this study.  You may have your personal data deleted from our study database at any time, thus prohibiting any future use. Simply send an e-mail to with the text “Delete” in the reference line.

Further information on the content, purpose and duration of data storage can be found in the imprint.