Straight Lines or Curves, Which Do We Prefer?

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Do we prefer straight lines or curves? According to Eric Jaffe’s article on Fast Co.Design, it seems we subconsciously prefer the latter. Our brains, he claims, have evolved to perceive potential threat in sharp edges. “Square watches, pointy couches, and the like activate the amygdala. The part of the brain that processes fear.”  Thus, our feelings, buying habits and favorite buildings are subject to our affection of curves. Investigate for yourself and make sure to read the full article here, “Why Our Brains Love Curvy Architecture.

Cite: Jose Luis Gabriel Cruz. "Straight Lines or Curves, Which Do We Prefer?" 27 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>