Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 133–142

The place of order and uncertainty in art and environmental aesthetics

  • Joachim F. Wohlwill

DOI: 10.1007/BF00995194

Cite this article as:
Wohlwill, J.F. Motiv Emot (1980) 4: 133. doi:10.1007/BF00995194


Contrasting views in writings of architectural aesthetics regarding the virtues of diversity as opposed to unity are examined in terms of Berlyne's treatment of the unity-amid-variety issue, and of work by him and others attempting to distinguish effects of complexity and redundancy. Research on the role of structural relationships in complex configurations suggests the need for coming to grips with such Gestaltist variables as order and balance in the context of a motivational theory of response to aesthetic stimuli such as Berlyne's.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joachim F. Wohlwill
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Human DevelopmentThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity Park

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