Dynamics of aesthetic appreciation

Faculty/Professorship: General Psychology and Methodology  
Author(s): Carbon, Claus-Christian  
Title of the Journal: Proceedings SPIE : Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XVII
Corporate Body: SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering
Publisher Information: Burlingame, California, USA
Year of publication: 2012
Issue: 8291 (2012), 1A
Pages: 6
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1117/12.916468
URL: http://proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/proce...
Aesthetic appreciation is a complex cognitive processing with inherent aspects of cold as well as hot cognition. Research from the last decades of empirical has shown that evaluations of aesthetic appreciation are highly reliable. Most frequently, facial attractiveness was used as the corner case for investigating aesthetic appreciation. Evaluating facial attractiveness shows indeed high internal consistencies and impressively high inter-rater reliabilities, even across cultures. Although this indicates general and stable mechanisms underlying aesthetic appreciation, it is also obvious that our taste for specific objects changes dynamically. Aesthetic appreciation on artificial object categories, such as fashion, design or art is inherently very dynamic. Gaining insights into the cognitive mechanisms that trigger and enable corresponding changes of aesthetic appreciation is of particular interest for research as this will provide possibilities to modeling aesthetic appreciation for longer durations and from a dynamic perspective. The present paper refers to a recent two-step model ("the dynamical two-step-model of aesthetic appreciation"), dynamically adapting itself, which accounts for typical dynamics of aesthetic appreciation found in different research areas such as art history, philosophy and psychology. The first step assumes singular creative sources creating and establishing innovative material towards which, in a second step, people adapt by integrating it into their visual habits. This inherently leads to dynamic changes of the beholders' aesthetic appreciation.
Keywords: aesthetics, appreciation, liking, dynamics, adaptation, preference, taste, consistency
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/2264
Year of publication: 13. January 2014