Benno Belke (* 1977 in Rome) works at the intersection between cognitive science, aesthetics, and audible design.


His articles on experimental aesthetics gained attention in psychological science (e.g., Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology, 4th ed.), in philosophical aesthetics (e.g., Lopes, 2018, Aesthetics on the Edge, Oxford University Press), as well as in the popular scientific literature (e.g., New Scientist, 2012, issue 2873).​​ He co-authored an aesthetic information processing model that has received more than 1800 scholarly citations. He is a reviewer for the journals: Frontiers in Psychology, Plos One, Behavioural SciencesPsychInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, and Art & Perception. He held the position of a deputy project leader within the Collaborative Research Centre Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits at the Free University Berlin.

According to ResearchGate, interest in his research is ranked among the top 1 percent of all researchers publishing in the field of Aesthetics. 


Benno’s audience-centered sound installations were exhibited in group shows in the Netherlands, France, the UK, and Germany. In 2012 he was commissioned to compose an immersive sound-field for the Platz der Weltausstellung in Hannover with support from the North German Broadcast (NDR) and the German Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes). 

He was awarded the first prize for best film sound design and music by Steinberg Media Technology in 2011.

Benno holds a Dr. Phil in Psychology from the University of Vienna, as well as degrees in Psychology from the Free University Berlin and Sonic Arts from Middlesex University London. He also studied temporarily Film Sound Design at the UK National Film and Television School.