The Aesthetics Research Lab (A.R.L.) exists because aesthetics matters. Aesthetic experience is a basic motivation for people. From decorating our homes to viewing art and natural wonders, people assert effort to incorporate aesthetics into their lives. Yet aesthetics is often mentioned as something trivial or additional. While aesthetic experiences are not basic needs to sustain biological life, the beautiful and sublime are necessary for people’s well-being, regardless of their lot.

Beauty, the sublime, taste, and aesthetic experience have recently received more attention among professionals and researchers, yet many individuals and groups focus mostly on the arts. While the arts are worthy of our attention, we seek to present work and ideas revealing the importance of aesthetics in any field or discipline: business, science, art, politics, environmental studies, government, and more.

As such, the A.R.L. has three main goals:

  1. Educate and Advocate for the importance of aesthetics for our lives and communities
  2. Collect and connect research from different disciplines engaged with aesthetic questions
  3. Present the value of beauty and the sublime (and other properties) for people’s well-being

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Aesthetics Research Lab is a resource for those interested in aesthetics, in any of its instantiations. Michael Spicher, Ph.D. is available as a speaker for a lecture or workshop on topics in aesthetics (both theory and practice). He also works as a writer, researcher, editor, and educator. Please email for availability at

For more information about our director, you can also follow these links: Personal Website, LinkedIn, or Academia.

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