Benno Belke (* 1977 in Rome) is a postdoctoral researcher, who works at the intersection between cognitive science and applied 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 Sciences, Psych, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and Art & Perception. During his affiliation with the Free University Berlin, he held the position of a deputy project leader within the Collaborative Research Centre 626 Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits.
Benno’s audience-centred sound interventions were exhibited in group shows in the Netherlands, France, Germany, and the UK. In 2012 he was commissioned to compose a large-scale sound-field for the Platz der Weltausstellung in Hannover with support by the North German Broadcast (NDR) and the German Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes). He was awarded the first price for best film sound-design and music at the 21st Filmkunstfestival MV .
Benno holds a Dr. phil. in Psychology from the University of Vienna. Priorly, he earned degrees in Psychology from the Free University Berlin as well as in Sonic Arts from Middlesex University London, and studied Film Sound Design at the UK National Film and Television School.