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

Olabe, J.C. , Basogain, X, Olabe, M.A.
Editorial Octaedro
*Q1 (nº 1) en SPI-CSIC Educación (Q1). Con ello, Octaedro ocupa la 1ª posición en el ránking SPI (Scholarly Publishers Indicators) del Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas del Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación de España sobre el prestigio de las editoriales según expertos españoles (sector Educación). Indicador de Calidad de Editoriales segun los expertos (ICEE): 141
Ciudad de edición y/o Editorial:
Educación y Sociedad: claves interdisciplinares
Página de inicio - Página de fin:
481 - 490

This chapter 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


Más información