EFFECTS OF GOLDEN SECTIONING ON SEARCH AND DISCRIMINATION IN MONDRIAN-LIKE GRIDS

  • Mark A. Elliott
  • Paul Mulcahya
  • Joy Kellya
  • Deirdre Twomeya
  • Julie Brosnana

Abstract

The ‘Golden Section’ (‘Golden Mean’ or ‘Ratio’) refers to a particular ratio between two independent stimulus parameters, often two indices of size of a visual item, defined by the equation a/b = b/(a + b). For several centuries this ratio has been thought to possess aesthetic appeal. The golden ratio is commonly associated with aesthetics and from the 19th Century the term aesthetic had come to refer to perceptual forms considered pleasing, emotive or beautiful. In this context, some theorists (e.g. Zeising, 1854, 1855; see also Brion, 1960; Livio, 2003) have argued that many popular works of art include golden sectioning in their composition.

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