ERP responses to images of abstract artworks, photographs of natural scenes, and artificially created uncomfortable images.

O'Hare, Louise and Goodwin, Peter (2018) ERP responses to images of abstract artworks, photographs of natural scenes, and artificially created uncomfortable images. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 30 (5-6). pp. 627-641. ISSN 2044-5911

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The idea of efficient coding in the visual brain allows for predictions for the processing of various types of images, including certain artworks, natural images and uncomfortable images. Efficient processing is thought to result in lower responses compared to less efficient processing. The efficiency of the processing is suggested to depend on the architecture of the visual system and the properties of the input image. In this study, neural responses were estimated using EEG across the categories of a set of five images of abstract artworks, a set of five photographs of natural images and a set of five computer-generated uncomfortable images. EEG responses to contrast-matched images were found to be lower for the set of five abstract artworks used in the study compared to the set of photographs of natural images, lending preliminary support for the idea that certain abstract artworks, for example the work of Pollock, may be processed efficiently.

Keywords:EEG, efficient coding, discomfort, aesthetics, natural images
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C830 Experimental Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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ID Code:32559
Deposited On:05 Jul 2018 14:55

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