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Special Issue "Empirical Aesthetics"
A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.
Interests: visual empirical aesthetics, psychology of the arts, design, face perception
Interests: visual empirical aesthetics, psychology of the arts, low-level visual features (symmetry, complexity, etc.), context effects
Research into symmetry perception has a long tradition. Symmetry is a salient visual property that can be detected rapidly by the human visual system. In addition, it has been known for a long time that symmetry is also an important factor influencing aesthetic evaluation (and complexity judgments). This has been shown for human faces, artificial black-and-white patterns, and other neutral stimuli.
However, visual symmetry seems to be less relevant for the aesthetic appreciation of artworks. Thus, the role of symmetry in aesthetic appreciation remains an open field of research, and especially in the case of complex images like artworks or real world scenes, the role of symmetry is still somewhat unclear, as perfect symmetry is rare in such images.
This special issue on Empirical Aesthetics welcomes submissions of previously unpublished experimental, theoretical, and review papers on the role of symmetry (and related concepts like balance, composition, visual complexity etc.) in aesthetic evaluation and appreciation of artificial stimuli, faces, real world objects, and artworks, as well as research on individual differences in preference for symmetry.
Prof. Dr. Helmut Leder
Dr. Andreas Gartus
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Symmetry is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
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The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: The Perceived Beauty of Regular Polygon Tessellations
Author: Professor Jay Friedenberg
Affiliation: Department of Psychology, Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY 10471. [email protected]
Abstract: Beauty judgments for regular polygon tessellations were examined in two experiments. In experiment 1 we tested the three regular and eight semi-regular tilings characterized by a single vertex. In experiment 2 we tested the 20 demi-regular tilings containing two vertices. Observers viewed the tessellations at different random orientations inside a circular aperture and rated them using a numeric 1 – 7 scale. The data from the first experiment show a peak in preference for tiles with two types of polygons and for five polygons around a vertex. Triangles were liked more than other geometric shapes. The results from the second experiment demonstrate a preference for tessellations with a greater number of different kinds of polygons in the overall pattern and for tiles with the greatest difference in the number of polygons between the two vertices. Ratings were higher for tiles with circular arrangements of elements and lower for those with linear arrangements. Symmetry group p6m was liked the most and groups cmm and pmm were liked the least. Taken as a whole the results suggest a preference for complexity and variety in terms of both vertex qualities and symmetric transformations. Observers were sensitive to both the underlying mathematical properties of the patterns as well as their emergent organization.