This study examined the effects of sex and sexual orientation on the aesthetic perception of paintings. The effect of variables was assessed using a 2 (sex of subject) X 2 (sexual orientation of subject) X 3 (sex of artist) X 3 (sexual orientation of artist) factorial design with sex and sexual orientation of subjects comprising between-subjects factors and sex and sexual orientation of artist comprising the within-subjects factors. The artists' sex and sexual orientation were manipulated through short biographies. The subjects were shown three paintings by each of 9 artists. Following the brief presentation of each painting, participants were asked to rate the painting on semantic differential scales to assess the dependent measures. The participants completed a brief demographic questionnaire to assess sex and sexual orientation as well as other variables. Data were analyzed using analysis of variance techniques.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
©2000 by the University of Northern Iowa
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
Bahnson, Matthew and Losch, Mary
"Individual Differences in Aesthetic Perceptions of Paintings,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 4:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol4/iss1/4