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Pyankova S.D. Fractal analysis in psychology: perception of self-similar objects

Full text in Russian: Пьянкова С.Д. Фрактально-аналитические исследования в психологии: восприятие самоподобных объектов
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

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It is suggested to distinguish two basic lines in studying fractality of psychological phenomena: investigating the perception of fractal objects; analyzing fractal characteristics of psychological functioning including complex social interactions. This paper considers the empirical studies of perception of natural and artificial fractals. The basic findings of these studies are as follows: judgements of aesthetic attractiveness and complexity are interrelated with fractal dimension; universal aesthetic preferences and psychophysiologic correlates of perception of fractal objects are revealed. Some studies describe individual differences in perception of fractals and interrelationships with some psychologic and socio-demographic characteristics. The authors note that the nature and built environment surrounding humans and also the human structural and functional organization at different levels have fractal properties. A general conclusion is substantiated: occurrence of fractal characteristics in psychologic phenomena was a very significant mechanism for adaptation to the environment during the evolution process.

Keywords: fractal, fractal dimension, aesthetic preferences, fractal nature, self-organization, biophilia



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Received 7 August 2015. Date of publication: 30 April 2016.

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Pyankova Svetlana D. Ph.D., Department of Behavioral Genetics, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, ul. Mokhovaya, 11, str. 9, 125009 Moscow, Russia.
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Pyankova S.D. Fractal analysis in psychology: perception of self-similar objects. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2016, Vol. 9, No. 46, p. 12. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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