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Judgments of mathematical beauty are resistant to revision through external opinion

Zhang, Haoxuan; Zeki, Semir; (2022) Judgments of mathematical beauty are resistant to revision through external opinion. PsyCh Journal 10.1002/pchj.556. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

We here address the question of the extent to which judgments of mathematical beauty (which we categorize as biological beauty) are resistant to revision through external opinion. A total of 100 mathematicians of different national and ethnic origins were asked to rate 60 mathematical equations for their beauty; after being presented a fictitious “expert rating,” they were asked to re-rate the same equations. Results showed that the judgments of mathematical beauty had a high level of resistance to external opinion. This is in line with the resistance to revision of a judgments for other categories of biological beauty.

Type: Article
Title: Judgments of mathematical beauty are resistant to revision through external opinion
Location: Australia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/pchj.556
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/pchj.556
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 The Authors. PsyCh Journal published by Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: aesthetic judgments, biological beauty, neuroaesthetics, mathematical beauty
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Cell and Developmental Biology
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10148405
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