A time window of 3 s in the aesthetic appreciation of poems

Psych J. 2018 Mar;7(1):51-52. doi: 10.1002/pchj.194. Epub 2018 Jan 3.


We studied the effect of time windows of a few seconds on the aesthetic appreciation of poems. Both Chinese and German subjects rated traditional Chinese poetic verses more beautiful in a time window of approximately 3 s, irrespective of understanding the poetic content. This observation suggests a common temporal preference for poetry appreciation across a different language background.

Keywords: culture; emotion; poetry appreciation; time window.

MeSH terms

  • Asian Continental Ancestry Group / psychology
  • Culture*
  • Esthetics / psychology*
  • European Continental Ancestry Group / psychology
  • Humans
  • Poetry as Topic*
  • Time Perception*
  • Universities