For visual arts research

The Assessment of Preference for Balance: A New Test

Given the lack of tests designed to assess preference and sensitivity towards balance, despite the crucial role of this attribute in aesthetic perception and production, Wilson & Chatterjee (2005) introduced the Assessment of Preference for Balance (APB). This test includes 130 images showing different configurations of circles or hexagons. The output of the test is an objective balance score, which accounts for 73% and 78% of the variance  in subjective preferences for the circle and hexagon images, respectively.

Click on the images below to download the circles, hexagons, examples and instructions:





Six examples


Wilson A. & Chatterjee A. (2005). The assessment of preference for balance: introducing a new test. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 23, 165-180.


Assessment of Art Attributes

Motivated by the need to move neuropsychology of art beyond anecdotal observations, Chatterjee and colleagues (2010) developed the Assessment of Art Attributes (AAA). The AAA is an instrument designed to provide basic quantification of the perception of six formal-perceptual and six conceptual-representational attributes using 24 paintings from the Western canon.The main objective of the AAA’s componential and quantitative approach is to advance neuropsychological studies and other research in which style and content of art works need to be quantified and compared.

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Chatterjee, A., Widick, P., Sternschein, R., Smith II, W. B., & Bromberger, B. (2010). The Assessment of Art Attributes. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 28, 207-222.