The Experimental Psychology of Beauty

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CONTENTS1
I INTRODUCTION page 1

Values of psychological studies of beauty --
Beauty and Pleasure -- Beauty and Art not iden
tical -- General psychological remarks on the
enjoyment of beauty -- Is it futile to discuss dif
ference of taste? -- Methods of experiment -- Un
conscious influences, art and sex -- Psychology
and the art critics

II COLOUR AND COLOUR PREFERENCES29

The associative and direct effects of colours --
Colour preferences among infants, white and
coloured adults -- Individual differences in colour
sensitivity

III ATTITUDES TO COLOURS AND COMBINATIONS OF COLOURS53

Types and aesthetic values of the attitudes -- The
apparent heaviness of colours -- Relation of the
pleasantness of colour combinations to that of
the colours seen singly

IV FORM: LINES, SHAPES AND SUGGESTED MOVEMENT 71

Experiments with simple lines and figures -- The
influence of suggested movement -- The sup
posed influence of eye-movements -- Aesthetic
illusions of form -- Emotions expressed by lines
-- Relative attraction of form and colour

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The items in these chapter-contents are not always identical with the headings of paragraphs in the chapters, which are too numerous to in­ clude here. Only the most important are given, or summarized in these contents pages.

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