Cognitive Foundations in Visual Art: Understanding Brain Responses to Color, Spatial Depth, and Form

Olabe, J.C.; Basogain, X.; Olabe, M.
Editorial Octaedro
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This study explores the intersection of art and human cognition, focusing on how cognitive primitives

influence the perception of visual stimuli in art. By employing novel ceramic mosaics, including mosaics that fuse Roman and Islamic artistic traditions, we examine the universal and predictable nature of cognitive primitives akin to physical laws in human perception. Our methodology involves participant interaction with these mosaics, enabling an analysis of cognitive responses to various artistic elements. Our findings reveal that cognitive primitives play a foundational role in visual perception, particularly in interpreting art. Participants’ responses to the mosaics consistently aligned with theoretical expectations of cognitive primitives, demonstrating

predictable patterns of perception across different visual stimuli. This supports the notion that certain aspects of visual perception are universally inherent, reducing the need for extensive experimental validation typically seen in cognitive science. The study contributes to the understanding of human cognition through art. It underscores the importance of cognitive primitives in visual perception and aesthetic experience, suggesting broader implications for fields like education, therapy, and design. The paper proposes future research directions

to further explore cognitive primitives in different sensory modalities and artistic expressions, and their application in practical fields. This research presents a novel perspective on the predictability and universality of human cognitive responses to art, offering insights into the fundamental ways we process and interpret visual


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