What is it about?
We compared haptic and visual aesthetic judgments of three-dimensional objects. Participants explored and rated the pleasantness of six tridimensional objects in two sessions varying in the sensory modality of the exploration. The second exploration produces higher aesthetic ratings, independently from the sensory modalities. Our results suggest an association between haptic and visual aesthetics of 3D shapes in which cross-modal associations play a role in the aesthetic experience of haptics and vision.
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Why is it important?
Our findings support the idea that aesthetic responses are multisensory experiences in which stimulation from different modalities is able to influence each other appreciation rates and, possibly, to contribute to a multimodal representation of the overall aesthetic experience.
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This page is a summary of: Tactile beauty is in the hand, but also in the eye of the beholder: Interaction between haptic and visual experiences in aesthetic judgement., Psychology of Aesthetics Creativity and the Arts, November 2021, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/aca0000327.
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