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Presentation 2016-12-20 14:00
Discomfort of dot pattern -- Where does the discomfort of Polka dots of Yayoi Kusama come from? --
Kayo Miura, Marina Yamazaki, Yuri Teshima (Qdai)
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(in English) Yayoi Kusama is one of the influential contemporary artist in Japan. She is known as an artist of “polka dots”. However, her polka dots sometimes give viewers discomfort. Where does the discomfort and attractiveness of her works come from? We examined the impressions of her representative polka dot and its variations that changed density. We also analyzed the spatial frequency characteristics of the dot patterns that we used. Moreover, we investigated the relation between the disgust for the dot patterns and the individual disgust tendency measured by the DS-R (the disgust scale) in Japanese version. We found that the pattern that had the highest subjective density arouse discomfort feeling, which contained high contrast at mid-range of spatial frequencies. We also found that the participants who had strong disgust to contamination felt strong discomfort to the high density pattern. These results and previous findings suggest a possibility that this kind of discomfort derives from the avoidance system of the potential threats such as poisonous animals and sources of infection.
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(in English) dot pattern / discomfort / trypophobia / density / spatial frequency characteristics / contamination disgust / /  
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Committee IEICE-HIP HI  
Conference Date 2016-12-20 - 2016-12-21 
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Place (in English) Reserach Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University 
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Conference Code 2016-12-HIP-HI-CE 
Language Japanese 
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Title (in English) Discomfort of dot pattern 
Sub Title (in English) Where does the discomfort of Polka dots of Yayoi Kusama come from? 
Keyword(1) dot pattern  
Keyword(2) discomfort  
Keyword(3) trypophobia  
Keyword(4) density  
Keyword(5) spatial frequency characteristics  
Keyword(6) contamination disgust  
1st Author's Name Kayo Miura  
1st Author's Affiliation Kyushu University (Qdai)
2nd Author's Name Marina Yamazaki  
2nd Author's Affiliation Kyushu University (Qdai)
3rd Author's Name Yuri Teshima  
3rd Author's Affiliation Kyushu University (Qdai)
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Date Time 2016-12-20 14:00:00 
Presentation Time 30 
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