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What is it about Picasso? infants' categorical and discriminatory abilities in the visual arts


Cacchione, T; Möhring, W; Bertin, E (2011). What is it about Picasso? infants' categorical and discriminatory abilities in the visual arts. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 5(4):370-378.

Abstract

Research on infants’ early development of aesthetic perception has focused on their ability to discriminate and evaluate auditory stimuli such as musical intervals or faces differing along their level of attractiveness. However, infants’ discriminatory and evaluative responses in the domain of the visual arts have, as of today, not been examined. Artistic paintings are complex visual stimuli. Multiple cues such as color, style of brushing, common subjects, and others must be considered to discriminate and evaluate paintings from different artists. The authors examined infants’ visual attention to works of 2 painters, namely Picasso and Monet. Results suggest that infants discriminate and categorize different paintings but that they display a spontaneous preference for paintings by Picasso.

Abstract

Research on infants’ early development of aesthetic perception has focused on their ability to discriminate and evaluate auditory stimuli such as musical intervals or faces differing along their level of attractiveness. However, infants’ discriminatory and evaluative responses in the domain of the visual arts have, as of today, not been examined. Artistic paintings are complex visual stimuli. Multiple cues such as color, style of brushing, common subjects, and others must be considered to discriminate and evaluate paintings from different artists. The authors examined infants’ visual attention to works of 2 painters, namely Picasso and Monet. Results suggest that infants discriminate and categorize different paintings but that they display a spontaneous preference for paintings by Picasso.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:07 Feb 2012 13:25
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 12:20
Publisher:American Psychological Association
ISSN:1931-3896
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1037/a0024129

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