Updating the Aesthetic Fluency Scale: Revised long and short forms for research in the psychology of the arts

Katherine N. Cotter, Rebekah M. Rodriguez-Boerwinkle, Alexander P. Christensen, Anna Fekete, Jeffrey K. Smith, Lisa F. Smith, Pablo P.L. Tinio, Paul J. Silvia

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Abstract

People’s knowledge about the arts shapes how they experience and engage with art. Since its introduction, the 10-item Aesthetic Fluency Scale has been widely used to measure self-reported art knowledge. Drawing from findings and researchers’ experience since then, the present work develops and evaluates a Revised Aesthetic Fluency Scale using item response theory to broaden its scope (36 items) and refine its response scale. In a large sample (n = 2,089 English-speaking adults), Study 1 found strong evidence for unidimensionality, good item fit, and a difficulty level suitable for its targeted population; Study 2 (n = 392) provided initial evidence for score validity via relationships with art engagement, Openness to Experience, and aesthetic responsiveness; and Study 3 derived a brief, 10-item form for time-constrained projects. Taken together, the revised scales build upon lessons learned from the original and appear promising for the next generation of research.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0281547
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume18
Issue number2 February
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2023

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