Ternary Codes in Psychology, Culture, and Art: Information Roots

Vladimir Petrov and Lidia Mazhul
Bridges Leeuwarden: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2008)
Pages 445–448


A set of six models dealing both with spatial and temporal aspects of perception, forms an entity with tightly coordinated links. Though the models proceed from different concepts (optimization of the structure of the memory, minimal resource expense in information processing, etc.), they unanimously come to the preference for ternary codes, three-parametric systems, and three-object ones. This result is supported by numerous empirical data relating to different kinds of phenomena, primarily to fine arts.