Visual Properties Driving Visual Preference

The Visual Properties Driving Visual Preference (VPDVP) is a yearly one-day meeting conceived as an informal round-table discussion, with a selected number of national and international attendees. It started in 2015 and the 2018 is therefore the fourth workshop. The format is such that a group of experts presents their work and debate, and the number is kept to below 30 in total. This way we can all sit around a long table and this facilitates interaction. A social dinner is also part of the event of course.

What are visual properties that drive visual preference? So far we have explored the following:
Symmetry
Fractal Dimension
Natural statistics
Smooth curvature
However, we are always open to hear new ideas, including skeptical views about the possibility to isolate factors that determine preference.

In addition to scientists we have had artists in attendance, and also collaborators from outside academia.

List of events

[5th VPDVP]

June 2019. The 5th edition of the Visual Properties Driving Visual Preference workshop will take place at Liverpool Hope University on 13-14 June 2019. We are very happy to confirm the following keynote presentations.

Johan Wagemans (University of Leuven, Belgium)

Chris McManus (UCL, UK)

Edward Vessel (Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Germany)

We are also delighted that the IAEA (International association for empirical aesthetics) continue to support the meeting. The theme this year is clinical aspects of preference.

[4th VPDVP]

11th June 2018. We are delighted that the IAEA (International association for empirical aesthetics) is supporting this year's meeting. The theme is neuroaesthetics and the keynote speakers are:

Professor Anjan Chatterjee
Center for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN) and Department of Neurology
University of Pennsylvania
"The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Beauty"

Professor Oshin Vartanian
Department of Psychology
University of Toronto
"Neuroscience of architecture: Top-down and bottom-up approaches"

You can download the programme of VPDVP4 from here:

Here is a photo of the pre-workshop game, Neuroaesthetics v. Rest of the World:

[3rd VPDVP]

8th June 2017. In 2017 the VPDVP workshop was combined with a on-day workshop on the Neuroscience of Visual Symmetry. You can download the programme of VPDVP3 from here:

The workshop on Neuroscience of Visual Symmetry was sponsored by the Experimental Psychology Society (EPS). There is a page entirely on that.. Please visit the page about the workshop and you will find a list of people who attended, and a link to the Special Issue. If you want more information contact us by email.

[2nd VPDVP]

21st March 2016. University of Liverpool
You can download the programme of VPDVP2 from here:

[1st VPDVP]

14th January 2015. University of Liverpool
You can download the programme of VPDVP1 from here:

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