The Psychological Record

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 1–10 | Cite as

Human or Machine: A Subjective Comparison of Piet Mondrian’s “Composition with Lines” (1917) and a Computer-Generated Picture

  • A. Michael Noll


A digital computer and microfilm plotter were used to produce a semirandom picture similar in composition to Piet Mondrian’s painting “Composition With Lines” (1917). Reproductions of both pictures were then presented to 100 subjects whose tasks were to identify the computer picture and to indicate which picture they preferred. Only 28% of the Ss were able to correctly identify the computer-generated picture, while 59% of the Ss preferred the computer-generated picture. Both percentages were statistically different (0.05 level) from selections based upon chance according to a binomial test.


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© Association of Behavior Analysis International 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Michael Noll
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  1. 1.Bell Telephone LaboratoriesIncorporated Murray HillUSA

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