The importance of behaviour as an aesthetic feature (abstract only)

SORANZO, Alessandro (2017). The importance of behaviour as an aesthetic feature (abstract only). In: European Conference on Visual Perception 2017 Abstract Book. Sage.

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    Abstract

    In this study we measured aesthetics of interactive objects (IOs), which are three-dimensional physical artefacts. By means of an Arduino Mini board fitted with a motion sensor to detect the objects being picked up, IOs can exhibit autonomous behaviour when handled. These stimuli therefore activate more than one sense at the time, in compound stimulation. The main aim of this research was to test the hypotheses that behaviour is an aesthetic feature. Corollary aims were to investigate whether aesthetic preference for distinctive objects’ structures emerges in compound stimulation to investigate whether aesthetic preference for distinctive objects’ structures emerges in compound stimulation; secondly, to explore whether there exists aesthetic preference for distinctive objects’ behaviours; and lastly, to test whether there exists aesthetic preference for specific combinations of objects’ structures and behaviours. The following variables were manipulated: 1) IOs’ contour (rounded vs. angular); 2) IOs’ size (small vs. large); 3) IOs’ surface texture (rough vs. smooth); and 4) IOs’ behaviour (Lighting, Sounding, Vibrating, and Quiescent). Results show that behaviour influenced aesthetics preference more than any other characteristic; Vibrating IOs were preferred over Lighting and Sounding IOs, supporting the importance of haptic processing in aesthetics. Results did not confirm the size and smoothness effects previously reported in vision and touch, respectively; this suggests that, for some stimulation, the aesthetics preference that emerges in isolated conditions may be different in compound stimulation. Results corroborate the smooth curvature effect. It is concluded that behaviour can be considered an aesthetic primitive.

    Item Type: Book Section
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 19 May 2020 15:44
    Last Modified: 19 May 2020 15:44
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/26015

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