Visual Attention Bias for Self-Made Artworks

Larissa Mendoza Straffon, Georgina Agnew, Chenika Desch-Bailey, Evy van Berlo, Gosia Goclowska, Mariska Kret

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We investigated visual attentional biases toward self-made artworks. Self-made objects tend to be favored, remembered, valued, and ranked above and beyond objects that are not related to the self. On this basis, we set out to test whether the effects of self-relevance would apply to visual art, and via what mechanisms. In three studies, participants created abstract paintings that were then incorporated in a dot-probe task, pairing self-made and other-made stimuli. Our findings confirm that attention and preference are higher for self-made (vs. other-made) artworks. Furthermore, we show that visual attention assessed by a dot-probe task constitutes a reliable measure of preference for art

Original languageEnglish
JournalPsychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts
Early online date12 May 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 May 2022


  • Art preference
  • Attentional bias
  • Dot-probe task
  • Self-relevance
  • Visual attention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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