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

His articles have gained attention in psychological science (e.g., Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology, 4th ed.), philosophical aesthetics (e.g., Lopes, 2018, Aesthetics on the Edge, Oxford University Press), as well as popular scientific literature (e.g., New Scientist, 2012, issue 2873). He co-authored an aesthetic information processing model that has received more than 2000 scholarly citations. He serves as a reviewer for the following journals: Frontiers in Psychology, PLOS ONE, Behavioural Sciences, Psych, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, and Art & Perception. He was a deputy project leader within the Collaborative Research Centre on Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits at the Free University Berlin.


Benno has been involved in several Sonic Arts projects in public spaces across Europe, including Expo Leeds (UK), Danish History Museum (Denmark), Art Pie International (Netherlands), Carte Blanche (France), and Autocenter (Germany). Notably, he was commissioned to compose a large-scale generative sound field for the Platz der Weltausstellung in Hannover with support from the North German Broadcast (NDR), which was selected for permanent diffusion in 2012.


In 2011, Steinberg Media Technology awarded him first prize for best film sound design and music for Ciril Braem's psycho-drama "Mein Prinz. Mein König".

Benno obtained a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Vienna, specializing in the cognitive science of art appreciation, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Helmut Leder (former President of the American Psychological Association, Division 10). Prior to that, he earned an M.A. in Psychology (Dipl. Psych.) from the Free University Berlin and a first-class BA (Hons) in Sonic Arts from Middlesex University London.

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