Where does it come from? Development aspects of art appreciation.

Author(s)
Alfred Schabmann, Gernot Gerger, Barbara M. Schmidt, Eva Wögerer, Igor Osipov, Helmut Leder
Abstract

Art is a unique feature of human experience. It involves the complex interplay among stimuli, persons and contexts. Little is known of how the various features deemed important in art appreciation depend on development, thus are already present at a young age. Similarly to our previous approach with adults of differing levels of expertise, the present study uses structural equation modeling to explore this complex interplay by analyzing differences in the appreciation of classical, abstract and modern artworks by children of two age groups. We measured evaluations of perceived beauty, elicited emotions, arousal and understanding. Structural equation solutions for children not only revealed significant effects of emotion in all conditions, but also confirmed that the dependencies between emotion and liking were consistently higher for younger children, while the interactions of arousal and liking, as well as understanding, were higher for older children. These results are in accordance with a transition from an affective towards an increasingly cognitive knowledge based sense of aesthetics, but underline the importance of emotional processing as fundamental.

Organisation(s)
Department of Cognition, Emotion, and Methods in Psychology
External organisation(s)
Universität zu Köln, Universität Wien
Journal
International Journal of Behavioral Development
Volume
40
Pages
313-323
ISSN
0165-0254
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1177/0165025415573642
Publication date
2015
Peer reviewed
Yes
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
501005 Developmental psychology, 501001 General psychology, 501006 Experimental psychology
Portal url
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/en/publications/where-does-it-come-from-development-aspects-of-art-appreciation(e3b8d63d-0395-424e-9e67-6717ac010010).html