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The aesthetic preference for symmetry dissociates from early-emerging attention to symmetry
Huang, Yi1; Xue, Xiaodi1; Spelke, Elizabeth2; Huang, Lijie3; Zheng, Wenwen1; Peng, Kaiping1
Source PublicationSCIENTIFIC REPORTS
2018-04-19
Volume8
SubtypeArticle
AbstractSymmetry is a basic geometry property that affects people's aesthetic experience in common ways across cultures and historical periods, but the origins of the universal preference for symmetrical patterns is not clear. We assessed four-year-old children's and adults' reported aesthetic preferences between symmetrical and asymmetrical visual patterns, as well as their spontaneous attentional preferences between the patterns. We found a striking dissociation between these two measures in the children: Children looked longer at the symmetrical patterns, relative to otherwise similar but asymmetrical patterns, but they showed no explicit preference for those patterns. These findings suggest that the human's aesthetic preferences have high postnatal plasticity, calling into question theories that symmetry is a "core feature" mediating people's aesthetic experience throughout life. The findings also call into question the assumption, common to many studies of human infants, that attentional choices reflect subjective preferences or values.
WOS HeadingsScience & Technology
DOI10.1038/s41598-018-24558-x
WOS KeywordFACIAL ATTRACTIVENESS ; BILATERAL SYMMETRY ; SEXUAL SELECTION ; COLOR CONTRAST ; MERE EXPOSURE ; PERCEPTION ; SENSITIVITY ; EXPERIENCE ; CHILDHOOD ; CHILDREN
Indexed BySCI ; SSCI
Language英语
Funding OrganizationMinistry of Education of China ; China Postdoctoral Science Foundation
WOS Research AreaScience & Technology - Other Topics
WOS SubjectMultidisciplinary Sciences
WOS IDWOS:000430382700001
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.ia.ac.cn/handle/173211/22022
Collection类脑智能研究中心
Affiliation1.Tsinghua Univ, Dept Psychol, Beijing 100084, Peoples R China
2.Harvard Univ, Dept Psychol, 33 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Automat, Res Ctr Brain Inspired Intelligence, Beijing 100190, Peoples R China
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Huang, Yi,Xue, Xiaodi,Spelke, Elizabeth,et al. The aesthetic preference for symmetry dissociates from early-emerging attention to symmetry[J]. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS,2018,8.
APA Huang, Yi,Xue, Xiaodi,Spelke, Elizabeth,Huang, Lijie,Zheng, Wenwen,&Peng, Kaiping.(2018).The aesthetic preference for symmetry dissociates from early-emerging attention to symmetry.SCIENTIFIC REPORTS,8.
MLA Huang, Yi,et al."The aesthetic preference for symmetry dissociates from early-emerging attention to symmetry".SCIENTIFIC REPORTS 8(2018).
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