Ann Harter

San Francisco, CA

Ann Harter

San Francisco, CA

To tell you the truth, I thought I was going to be an art history major. But at some point, I realized the questions I had about art were less art historical and more psychological: Why do we look at art? Where does it get the power to make us feel the way it does? What's it doing for us?

My research is focused on identifying aesthetic experience and the benefits (and theoretical drawbacks) thereof. I have considerable experience in the planning, implementation, and analysis of behavioral research and am motivated and organized enough to juggle several projects in various stages of development.

When I'm not teaching undergrad statistics or knocking down my advisors' doors with questions, I practice yoga, run, eat vegan food, and listen to an inordinate amount of music. My favorite artist is Marc Chagall, my favorite movement is fauvism, and my favorite artwork may be Duchamp's Fountain (but we can talk about it). As far as contemporary art is concerned, you could do worse than to explore the work of Wendy MacNaughton. Finally, if I could distill any wisdom from the psychological well-being literature, it's this: Do shit with people and don't keep score.

  • Work
    • Graduate Reseacher, San Francisco State University
  • Education
    • M.A., San Francisco State University, anticipated May 2014
    • B.A., summa cum laude, San Francisco State University, May 2012