Individual differences in preferences to photographs
2007 (English)In: Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, ISSN 1931-3896, Vol. 1, no 2, 61-72 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Individual differences in preferences to photographs were explored based on an alternative framework. This framework predicts that the primary difference between individuals in this respect is their ability to process photographic information, which in turn influences their preferences. Chiefly, people with well-developed schemes in photography (e.g., photo professionals) should have a higher ability to process photographic information than people with less developed schemes (e.g., psychology students). Consequently, people with well-developed schemes in photography should prefer photographs that are relatively more demanding to process. Ten psychology students and 5 photo professionals assessed 32 photographs on six general concepts: Preference, Hedonic Tone, Expressiveness, Familiarity, Uncertainty, and Dynamics. As predicted, photo professionals had a higher ability to process photographic information and preferred photographs that were relatively uncertain and unfamiliar. These results are in concordance with previous research and give strong support to the utility of the present framework in experimental aesthetics.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 1, no 2, 61-72 p.
individual differences; aesthetic preferences; photographs; cognitive processes; emotional responses
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19765DOI: 10.1037/1931-38184.108.40.206OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-19765DiVA: diva2:186289