Processing Fluency and Aesthetic Pleasure: Is Beauty in the Perceiver's Processing Experience?

@article{Reber2004ProcessingFA,
  title={Processing Fluency and Aesthetic Pleasure: Is Beauty in the Perceiver's Processing Experience?},
  author={Rolf Reber and Norbert Schwarz and Piotr Winkielman},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Review},
  year={2004},
  volume={8},
  pages={364 - 382}
}
We propose that aesthetic pleasure is a funnction of the perceiver's processing dynamics: The more fluently perceivers can process an object, the more positive their aesthetic response. We review variables known to influence aesthetic judgments, such as figural goodness, figure-ground contrast, stimulus repetition, symmetry, and prototypicality, and trace their effects to changes in processing fluency. Other variables that influence processing fluency, like visual or semantic priming, similarly… 
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