VSAC 2018: Aesthetics and good Gestalt: a close but complex relationship?

Abstract

The relation between good Gestalt and aesthetic appreciation is a long-lived one. Koffka (1935), for example, already noted that “violations of the Law of the good Gestalt hurt our sense of beauty” (p. 153). Although several important authors, besides Koffka also including Eysenck and Arnheim, mentioned and emphasized the importance and prominence of the relation between good Gestalt and aesthetic appreciation, empirical work on this relationship and which factors influence it lags behind. In this poster, we will discuss historical, mostly theoretical links between good Gestalt and aesthetic appreciation as well as planned empirical studies concerning this relationship. The planned studies aim to investigate individual and contextual differences in what makes a good Gestalt and in how good Gestalt relates to aesthetic appreciation.

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Trieste, Italy