The article What Makes Something Aesthetically Pleasing? | Simple Minded lists some way to pleasing your senses:

  • Vision: balance, emphasis, rhythm, proportion, pattern, unity and contrast. Along with the visual elements: color, line, shape, value, texture
  • Hearing: loudness, pitch, beat, repetition, melody, pattern, noise
  • Touch: texture, shape, weight, softness, temperature, vibration, sharpness
  • Smell: sweet, fruity, fragrant, pungent, chemical, woody, minty
  • Taste: umami, sweetness, sourness, bitterness, texture, pungency

If I want to learn more about sense pleasing, where should I start? Which subfields within psychology or neuroscience research about this? The Wikipedia page of Sensation doesn't contain the keyword pleasing. Searching on Google Scholar with the keyword sense pleasing doesn't yield anything. Two other fields relevant to this are aesthetics and design, but they are just applications of this concept.

  • $\begingroup$ Why not go to the beginning and scholar search "aesthetically pleasing" or "aesthetically please"? $\endgroup$ May 18, 2020 at 8:36
  • $\begingroup$ There are many reasons: (1) initial searches didn't yield anything. (2) Still, I'm reading on other topics in aesthetics that may related to it. (3) I must confess that I feel like only psychology and neuroscience can provide a "legitimate" answer. For one, temperature sense does exists, but I don't think aesthetics be aware of it $\endgroup$
    – Ooker
    May 18, 2020 at 14:09

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It seems to me is that sense pleasing is better recognized by the term "rewarding stimuli":

stimuli that the brain interprets as intrinsically positive and desirable or as something to approach

Obviously rewarding stimuli isn't necessarily about sensual stimuli, but that would be a good start.


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