Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Eye-Movements and the Aesthetics of Visual Form
Stratton, George M.
G-. M. Stratton. 
It is at once seen that the records for the graceful line are not 
identical with those for the ungainly one. But we may certainly 
say that the contrasting groups of records are immeasurably more 
alike than are the two original curves as regards their aesthetic 
character. The lines themselves are polar opposites aesthetically. 
Yet the paths of the eye in the two cases seem to offer but little 
ground for choice. In both cases there is the same broken, spas- 
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modic action, the same blunders in the course, the same hasty efforts 
at recovery. If these marks are possibly more pronounced in the 
case of the ugly form, it is at most but slightly so, and by no means 
sufficient to account, by contrast, for the marked psychological anti¬ 
thesis in which the two forms stand. From this it would seem far¬ 
fetched to insist that the enormous emotional difference in the two 
forms is due to such slight variations of muscular sensation, when


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