Curvilinearity/Rectilinearity: New Research (10-01-20)

Stanischewskiand team mates review and extend research related to human responses to curvilinearity and rectillinearity.  They share that previous research has shown that “Curvilinearity is a perceptual feature that robustly predicts preference ratings for a variety of visual stimuli. . . . The present results support the idea that people prefer curved stimuli over angular ones overall. Specifically, participants rated curved stimuli as more pleasing and harmonious than the angular stimuli.”

Sarah Stanischewski, Carolin Altmann, Anselm Brachmann, and Christoph Redies. “Aesthetic Perception of Line Patterns: Effect of Edge-Orientation Entropy and Curvilinear Shape.”  I-Perception, in press, https://doi.org/10.1177/2041669520950749