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The emotion of shapes

Take a look at these two shapes. Which appears more “joyful”? Which appears fearful? How about these shapes? Which is angrier? Which appears to be suffering more? If you’re like most people, the shapes that appear to be less stable (number 2 in the figures above) are also more fearful. Those that are rotated more…

Are artists vision experts?

Today’s reading is “Artists as Experts in Visual Cognition,” by Aaron Kozbelt of the University of Chicago (Visual Cognition, 2001). We need to incorporate many skills in order to make visual sense of the world. We must be able to discern objects even when we have incomplete visual information, pick out shapes from complex environments,…