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Structural imbalance and aesthetic preference in domestic chicks

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dc.contributor.author Mulcahy, Paul en
dc.contributor.author Elliott, Mark en
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-26T15:24:29Z en
dc.date.available 2010-11-26T15:24:29Z en
dc.date.issued 2010-10 en
dc.identifier.citation Mulcahy, P., Rosa Salva, O., Elliott, M.A., & Regolin, L. (2010). Structural imbalance and aesthetic preference in domestic chicks. In Bastianelli, A., & Vidotto, G., (Eds.) Fechner Day 2010. Proceedings of the 26th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Psychophysics, Padova, Italy: The International Society for Psychophysics en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/1453 en
dc.description.abstract In Arnheim¿s (1954/1974) theory of structural balance, an image is more aesthetically pleasing when it demonstrates balance between multiple internal sources of directed perceptual force. Areas of balance and preferred object positioning are assumed to be near/at centre, and along major structural axes (horizontal, vertical, and diagonals). We studied expediencies in visual processing of structural misalignment in week-old domestic chicks (Gallus gallus), using a conditioning procedure to reinforce chicks for pecking at either an ¿aligned¿ or ¿misaligned¿ image as their training stimulus. Subsequently, a generalization testing phase (using less axially dense stimuli) established whether the chicks would retain their group category, or revert to chance responding. Chicks trained on the misaligned stimuli were more likely to prefer the misaligned test stimuli, while the aligned group reverted to chance responding. Findings are discussed in terms of action-relevant dynamic information resulting from the instability of the preferred images. en
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dc.publisher The International Society for Psychophysics en
dc.subject Psychology en
dc.subject Psychophysics en
dc.subject Structural balance en
dc.title Structural imbalance and aesthetic preference in domestic chicks en
dc.type Conference Paper en
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en

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