Taste and Intelligence (02-08-18)

Having (aesthetic) taste and intelligence seem to be linked.  Myszkowski and colleagues found that “What makes individuals experts in judging aesthetic value is actively researched in a variety of ways. In the visual domain, one classical paradigm—used in ‘T’ (for Taste) tests (Eysenck, 1983)—consists in comparing one’s evaluative judgments of beauty with a standard judgment—provided by consensual or expert agreement. . . . We found [via a meta-analysis] a significant positive . . . correlation between g [general intelligence] and ‘T’ . . . suggesting that common cognitive processes are involved in both g and ‘T’.”  The visual tastefulness of environments/objects created for people believed to have higher g values should be influenced by this finding, for example.

Nils Myszkowski, Pinar Celik, and Martin Storme.  2018.  “A Meta-Analysis of the Relationship Between Intelligence and Visual ‘Taste” Measures.”  Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 24-33.