Beauty Could Depend On What You Saw Before

by Prachee published on -

 Likes  Comments

Is beauty truly what lies in the eyes of the beholder? What lies in the eyes of the beholder might be a bias, says a recent study. It suggests that the brain does not determine the beauty of a single painting independently, but rather depends on what it has previously seen.

The new study led by Ph.D. student Sujin Kim at the School of Psychology, University of Sydney involved 24 participants rating a sequence of 40 paintings of scenery or still life. The observers were asked to rate independently while it was a part of a sequence. Such sequences were presented 20 times in random order. The participants rated the same painting differently depending on the sequence presented, thus revealing a positive serial dependence.

“Many people naively suppose a kind of ‘contrast effect’ whereby a painting may look more attractive if it follows an unattractive painting,” said Professor David Alais, University of Sydney. “The surprising result was that the bias was a positive one: paintings were rated higher following an attractive painting, or lower, following unattractive ones.”

The systematic bias of our visual perception towards the recent past is the phenomenon described as serial dependence. This experiment suggests that humans determine the attractiveness of one thing not independent of the previous thing they have seen.

The study also acknowledges that it may be why the pieces in art galleries are saved for the last, creating a narrative towards a grand reveal. The study acknowledges this as an accumulating effect. The paper was published in the Journal of Vision.

DMCA.com Protection Status
Last updated -
References
About the Author

Prachee is a content writer for Organic Facts and is responsible for writing on the latest wellness trends. A former Journalism & Media teacher, she prides herself on being able to seamlessly dabble between health, science, and technology. She has completed her Masters in Communication Studies from the University of Pune, India as well as an online course on “Introduction to Food and Health” from Stanford University, US. Prachee fancies herself to be a poet and a cook when the rare lightning of inspiration strikes.

Rate this article
Average rating 0.0 out of 5.0 based on 0 user(s).

Latest Health News:

A woman clinician injecting a young girl.

Increase Screening Of Asymptomatic People For COVID Control

With the coronavirus pandemic showing signs of slowing down, there is an increased need for precaution to ensure that it does not flare up again. New research,…

READ MORE
Group of wood figurines huddled together with one figure outside the group.

Pandemics, Epidemics Can Worsen Social Prejudices

A time of crisis can exacerbate our social prejudices, particularly bigotry and xenophobia. A study, published in the journal Proceedings of The Royal Society,…

READ MORE
Graphic of the human brain

Research Reveals How Memory Works

Why do our memories not get muddled with other new events? Why are they long-lasting? Researchers from the University of Bristol may have found answers to…

READ MORE