A new Visual Aesthetic Sensitivity Test (VAST): II. cross-cultural comparison between England and Japan

Percept Mot Skills. 1979 Dec;49(3):859-62. doi: 10.2466/pms.1979.49.3.859.


A comparison was made of the scores of 171 Japanese boys and 156 Japanese girls, and of 204 English boys and 165 English girls, on the Visual Aesthetic Sensitivity Test. Also compared were 145 male and 163 female Japanese students, with 38 male and 73 female English students. Japanese children had scores significantly higher than English children, while Japanese students had scores significantly lower than English students. There was little evidence of age increments in score for either group of children. Difficulty levels of the 42 item-pairs were very similar in the two cultures, as were internal (split-half) reliabilities. It is concluded that cultural differences between the two countries, as far as visual aesthetic appreciation is concerned, seem at best minimal.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Aptitude
  • Child
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison*
  • England
  • Esthetics*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Japan
  • Male
  • Visual Perception*