James Duncan Davidson/James Duncan Davidson / TED

"Beauty draws us in...It takes us outside ourselves and it motivates us. It's essential to life and to happiness." Asa Mathat/TED hide caption

toggle caption Asa Mathat/TED

TED Radio Hour

Denis Dutton and Nancy Etcoff: Are We Hard-Wired for Beauty?

Psychologist Nancy Etcoff explains why beauty inspires and motivates us. Etcoff says our response to beauty is visceral.

Listen Loading… 9:18
  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor