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Domicele Jonauskaite’s presentation

janvier 11 @ 10:30 - 12:00

Colour and visual art in the blind: The importance of direct perceptual experience to colour-affect  associations

Psychological effects of colour are of interest to the general public. Numerous popular media sources claim well-being and affective benefits gained from exposure to colour. Whilst most claims await scientific verification, visual perception seems key. Scientific studies demand rigorous colorimetric control of all physical colour parameters, implying that even minor colour variations might be of psychological importance to the perceiving eyes. However, our previous research indicates that the psychological meaning of colour is not necessarily driven perceptually, but equally or even more likely through one’s abstract colour knowledge. In our studies, we focussed on colour-affect associations. To further challenge widely held assumptions that colours affect us due to their perceptual properties, I propose two extensions to our previous work. First, in addition to normally sighted individuals, I propose to test individuals who never saw colours (congenitally blind) or lost vision later in life (late blind). Second, in addition to using well-learnt emotional concepts (e.g., joy, sadness), I propose to investigate personal affective experiences, namely the aesthetic experience of visual art. During this talk, I will present two studies. These studies form the basis of my 2-year research proposal, which will be submitted to SNSF Postdoc.Mobility funding scheme in February 2021. The goal of this talk is to discuss and improve the proposed research project.

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Date :
janvier 11
Heure :
10:30 - 12:00
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