Material Culture and Cognition

American Anthropologist Vol/Iss. 68 Published In Pages: 745-748
By Robbins, Michael C.


Societies with predominantly circular houses will prefer curved lines in art. Societies with predominantly rectangular houses will prefer straight lines in art (745-746).


The association was found to be opposite the prediction. Circular houses were associated with straight lines, and rectangular houses were associated with curved lines.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Mann-Whitney U-TestNot Supportedp<.05UNKNOWNOne-tailed