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Sensory Integration Across Modalities: How Kinaesthesia Integrates With Vision In Visual Orientation Discrimination

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Gustav Fechner is widely respected as a founding father of experimental psychology and psychophysics but fewer know of his interests and work in empirical aesthetics. His findings confirmed his suspicions, but in the intervening decades there has been significant evidence pointing away from that finding. Regardless of the results of this one study, Fechner ushered in the notion of using a metric to evaluate beauty in a psychophysical way. This chapter presents the experiment using more naturalistic stimuli. Subjects' preferences against models that use various types of object complexity as metrics are evaluated. The findings that subjects prefer either very simple or very complex objects runs contrary to the hypothesized results, but are systematic none the less. The chapter concludes that there are likely to be useful measures of aesthetic preference but they are likely to be complicated by the difficulty in defining some of their constituent parts.

Keywords:aesthetics; Gustav Fechner

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