Novel, Typical (04-21-22)

Suhaimi and teammates studied aesthetic preferences.  They learned that “There is a long history of humans attempting to understand what drives aesthetic preference. One line of inquiry examines the effects of typicality and novelty on aesthetic responses to designed products. There is currently a wide support towards the ‘Most Advanced Yet Acceptable’ (MAYA) principle, and studies underpinning this have focused on everyday objects. Despite the differences in the function of everyday objects, what they all have in common is their visibility. This does not tell us whether the aesthetic processing will be the same when applied to less visible objects. A study was undertaken using industrial boilers as stimuli and conducted on 7-point Likert scales with participants from Australia and China. The results are unequivocal: novelty makes a medium contribution, while typicality makes a low contribution. This is inconsistent with the notion that typicality is a major determinant of aesthetic preference.”

Safia Suhaimi, Blair Kuys, Deirdre Barron, Nuoya Li, Zainurul Rahman, and Allan Whitfield.  “Robing the Extremes of Aesthetics:  The Role of Typicality and Novelty in the Aesthetic Preference of Industrial Boilers.”  Empirical Studies of the Arts, in press,