Increased hedonic differences despite increases in hedonic range

Debra A. Zellner, Ke'Nesha Jones, Jennifer Morino, Elizabeth S. Cogan, Emily M. Jennings, Scott Parker

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Viewing hedonically negative paintings increased the hedonic ratings of subsequently viewed test paintings (positive hedonic contrast; Experiment 1) and also increased the degree of preference between the test paintings (Experiments 2 and 3). This result differs from the reduction in hedonic preference (hedonic condensation) that accompanies negative hedonic contrast. It also differs from the reduction in perceived differences that usually accompanies expansion of stimulus range and that is predicted by numerous theories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1261-1265
Number of pages5
JournalAttention, Perception, and Psychophysics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2010


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