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dc.contributor.authorSchepman, Astrid
dc.contributor.authorRodway, Paul
dc.date.accessioned2021-03-03T09:11:48Z
dc.date.available2021-03-03T09:11:48Z
dc.identifierhttps://chesterrep.openrepository.com/bitstream/handle/10034/624308/SchepmanRodwayConcretenessArt2021ActaPsychologica_AuthorVersion.pdf?sequence=5
dc.identifierhttps://chesterrep.openrepository.com/bitstream/handle/10034/624308/SchepmanRodwaySupplementaryMaterial-Lists.pdf?sequence=6
dc.identifierhttps://chesterrep.openrepository.com/bitstream/handle/10034/624308/SchepmanRodwaySupplMatModelSelectionTables.pdf?sequence=7
dc.identifier.citationSchepman, A., & Rodway, P. (2021). Concreteness of semantic interpretations of abstract and representational artworks. Acta Psychologica, 215, 103269. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2021.103269en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.actpsy.2021.103269
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/624308
dc.description.abstractThe authors tested two contrasting theoretical predictions to establish whether semantic interpretations of abstract artworks had different lexical concreteness from those of representational artworks. In Experiment 1, 49 non-expert participants provided brief verbal interpretations of 20 abstract and 20 representational artworks. Frequentist and Bayesian Linear Mixed Models showed that the words’ concreteness levels were robustly higher for interpretations of abstract artworks than representational artworks. This difference was present regardless of the inclusion or exclusion of function words. Potential diluting or inflating impacts on the effect due to the multi-word responses were examined in Experiment 2, in which 72 new participants provided single-word interpretations for the same artworks. The effect replicated with a larger effect size. The findings suggest that non-expert viewers prioritise establishing what is depicted over seeking deeper meanings if the depicted is not readily established perceptually. The findings are incompatible with the theoretical stance that abstract art has abstract meaning. Instead, the findings are consistent with complex models of aesthetic processing in which meaning may emerge in stages. The effect of art type on the concreteness of meaning is an important, hitherto undiscovered basic finding in empirical aesthetics. Our novel methods enable further research in this field.en_US
dc.publisherElsevieren_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0001691821000196?via%3Dihuben_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en_US
dc.subjectLexicalen_US
dc.subjectPictorialen_US
dc.subjectArten_US
dc.subjectSemanticen_US
dc.subjectConcretenessen_US
dc.subjectAestheticsen_US
dc.subjectQuantitativeen_US
dc.titleConcreteness of semantic interpretations of abstract and representational artworksen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren_US
dc.identifier.journalActa Psychologicaen_US
or.grant.openaccessYesen_US
rioxxterms.funderNoneen_US
rioxxterms.identifier.projectNoneen_US
rioxxterms.versionAMen_US
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1016/j.actpsy.2021.103269en_US
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2022-08-23
dcterms.dateAccepted2021-02-08
rioxxterms.publicationdate2021-02-23
dc.date.deposited2021-03-03en_US
dc.indentifier.issn0001-6918en_US


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