Pretty Patterns (07-07-22)

Krpan and van Tilburg add to our knowledge of what is perceived to be beautiful.  They share that they “developed and empirically evaluated the Aesthetic Quality Model, which proposes that the link between [visual] complexity and beauty depends on another key visual property—randomness. According to the model, beauty judgements are determined by an interaction between these two properties, with more beautiful patterns featuring comparatively high complexity and low randomness. The model further posits that this configuration of complexity and randomness leads to higher beauty because it signals quality (i.e., creativity and skill). Study 1 confirmed that black and white binary patterns were judged as more beautiful when they combined high complexity with low randomness. Study 2 replicated these findings using an experimental method and with a more representative set of patterns, and it pointed to quality attribution as a candidate mechanism underlying the beauty judgements.”

Dario Krpan and Wijnand van Tilburg. “The Aesthetic Quality Model:  Complexity and Randomness as Foundations of Visual Beauty by Signaling Quality.”  Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, in press,