Natural scenes are indeed preferred, but image quality might have the last word.

Authors/others:Tinio, Pablo; Leder, Helmut
Abstract:Numerous studies have shown that people prefer natural scenes over human-made scenes. Evolutionarily and neurologically based explanations for this preference have been proposed. This study examined the impact that image quality has on the preference for natural scenes. The authors also explored the influence of image quality on familiarity ratings and on how scenes are classified in a rapid, two alternative, forced-choice task. Finally, the authors propose a framework for conceptualizing the nature of different image manipulation procedures, and how they influence aesthetic experiences.
Number of pages:5
Date of publication:2009
Journal title:Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts
Peer reviewed:true
Publication Type:Article