Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Co-Authorship? Does This Extend to Academic Works?

When Multiple Creators Are Worse Than One: The Bias Toward Single Authors in the Evaluation of Art

Rosanna Smith & George Newman
Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, forthcoming

Abstract: The present studies investigate whether people perceive the same work of art to be of lower quality if they learn that it was a collaborative work (resulting from the efforts of multiple artists) versus the work of a single artist. Study 1 finds that indeed, as the number of authors increases, the perceived quality of an artwork decreases. Study 2 finds that this effect occurs because people tend to assess quality in terms of the effort put forth by each author, rather than the total amount of effort required to create the work. Study 3 further demonstrates that this bias toward single authors appears to be driven by people’s beliefs, rather than by any inherent differences between individual versus collaborative work. These results broaden our understanding of how perceptions of effort drive evaluative judgments, and are consistent with a more general notion that art is not evaluated as a static entity, but rather as an endpoint in a “creative performance.

1 comment:

Tom said...

Dis'ing "collaborative work"? Me, too! That's why I don't see any movie or play. Fooey on recorded music, because... singer, one to several musicians, the sound guy, the lyricist, supervisors, editors, ...

Even a stand-up comedian has a lighting guy, a sound guy, an Emcee, maybe prop guy...

Arrrg! I just had an awful thought: pornography!

Say... how many authors on this piece?