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Melissa J Dolese, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology 
Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences


Whitehead Bldg 215, Juneau Campus



Doctorate in the Psychology subprogram of Cognition, Brain, and Behavior from the City University of New York's Graduate Center


The psychology of art and aesthetics - meaning-making and communication in the visual arts, along with the aesthetic experience and aesthetic emotions, specifically, connection and alienation. I am also interested in mindfulness and compassion cultivation


  • Dolese, M. J., & Kozbelt, A. (2021). Art as communication: Fulfilling Gricean communication principles predicts aesthetic liking. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.
  • Dolese, M. J. & Kozbelt, A. (2020). Communication and meaning making are central to understanding aesthetic response in any context. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 473.
  • Dolese, M. J., & Kacinik, N. A. (2019). What color as an integrated pictorial element in Himalayan art can communicate: Cross-cultural congruence of color-emotion conceptualizations in Himalayan Art. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 0276237419868948.
  • Dolese, M., Kozbelt, A., & Hardin, C. (2014). Art as communication: Employing Gricean principles of communication as a model for art appreciation. The International Journal of the Image, 4(3), 63-70.


International Association for Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA)

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Sensory Psychology: Vision
  • Psychology of Art
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Statistics

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