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Can visual aesthetic appeal influence task performance? This is an intriguing question with potentially far-reaching practical and theoretical implications. In our first set of papers on this topic we showed that the aesthetic appeal of a visual stimulus can influence timed performance, especially when the task was difficult, and even when stimulus appeal was a task irrelevant characteristic.
Read the blog of some of this work here: https://featuredcontent.psychonomic.org/when-the-going-gets-tough-the-beautiful-get-going/
Icons, symbols, and signs represent a visual language that facilitates communication because it conveys large amounts of information in single units intended to be understood by everyone irrespective of culture or language (e.g., Fig.1). The development of a visual language of icons and symbols that is accessible and inclusive is of paramount importance now that the number of digital interfaces that use such language keep expanding at a global level.
With colleagues across Europe in linguistics, psychology, design, and computer science, our project is an exciting venture to
Time perception is essential to everyday functioning. Disparate information obtained across many fields has illuminated environmental, personality, and neurological factors controlling timing accuracy. The project aims to discover how environmental influences on time perception interact with individual differences in personality, focusing on the underlying role of dopamine. Over-activity of the neurotransmitter dopamine can influence timing ability (Body et al, 2009; Cheung et al., 2007). Dopamine is associated with schizotypal personality problems, a personality factor also suggested to impact timing. However, interactions between environmental and intra-personal factors on timing are not well understood, and their relationships to genes controlling dopamine is unknown. Establishing these relationships will have major implications for typical and atypical functioning.