Babies Prefer Picasso Over Monet (Really!) Photo: Thinkstock / The Knot
New research shows that your diaper-wearing tot may be a tiny art critic. For a new study, published in the journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, psychologists at the University of Zurich showed works of art to nine-month-old babies and then observed their reactions to the color, texture and subjects of several Monet and Picasso paintings. Turns out, when shown the same number of paintings by Picasso and Monet, the babies preferred Picasso’s bold and vibrant style, showing so by looking at his works longer. Researchers think this may be because the distinct lines of Picasso’s paintings are easier to process compared with the soft, delicate, Impressionistic strokes of Monet. The researchers say this can give toy makers ideas for age-friendly toys that will appeal to babies’ visual preferences. Hey, and maybe it will give you some ideas for decorating the nursery: Think bold and bright!
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