Ease of judgment as a determinant of the degree to which stimulus dimensions serve as criteria for aesthetic responses (1969)
Type of ContentTheses / Dissertations
Degree NameMaster of Arts
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury
This thesis is an attempt to account for an empirically demonstrated ordering of the dimensions of static visual artistic stimuli according to the degree to which they serve as criteria in overall aesthetic responses. In the present context, ‘overall affective responses' refers to sign-substitutes for presumed approach-avoidance maintaining behaviour in relation to the stimulus in its perceptual entirety; ‘dimension’ to any discriminable aspect of the perceived stimulus, susceptible of discriminable variation between stimulus instances ('values'); 'criteria' to those dimensions in which a degree of co-extensiveness beyond that of chance obtains between a respondent's assignment of stimuli thereof and the variations in his over-all affective responses to the same stimuli; and, 'ordering' is ascribed where different degrees of such co-extensiveness are maintained across the respective ranges, and combinations, of dimension values encountered in the given empirical sample of stimuli.
KeywordsAesthetics; Conditioned response
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