Cross Modal Assessments (08-24-20)

Delogu and colleagues explored relationships between sensory experiences. They share that “participants were asked to explore and rate the pleasantness of 6 tridimensional objects presented either haptically [by touch] or visually. In the second phase, participants explored with the other modality (vision or haptics) and rated the pleasantness of 12 objects, including the 6 previously explored with the other modality and 6 new ones. . . . for shapes that are explored twice, haptically and visually, the second exploration produces higher aesthetic ratings, independently from the sensory modalities. . . . correlational analysis indicate that previous visual experience is a predictor of haptic aesthetic experience but not vice versa. . . . Our findings support the idea that aesthetic responses are multisensory experiences in which stimulation from different modalities is able to influence appreciation rates and, possibly, to contribute to a multimodal representation of the overall aesthetic experience.”

F. Delogu, M. Gravina, X. Dong, M. Frolka, D. Kuhn, and N. Yu.  “Tactile Beauty Is In the Hand, But Also in the Eye of the Beholder:  Interaction Between Haptic and Visual Experiences in Aesthetic Judgment.”  Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, in press, https://doi.org/10.1037/aca0000327