Psychology Section, Veterans Administration Hospital, 14th Floor, 150 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, Mass. 02130.
THE DEVELOPMENT OF SENSITIVITY TO FIGURAL AND STYLISTIC ASPECTS OF PAINTINGS
Version of Record online: 13 APR 2011
1972 The British Psychological Society
British Journal of Psychology
Volume 63, Issue 4, pages 605–615, November 1972
How to Cite
GARDNER, H. (1972), THE DEVELOPMENT OF SENSITIVITY TO FIGURAL AND STYLISTIC ASPECTS OF PAINTINGS. British Journal of Psychology, 63: 605–615. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.1972.tb01314.x
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- Version of Record online: 13 APR 2011
- Manuscript received 8 October 1971
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To determine whether pre-adolescent subjects can learn to classify paintings consistently by style or by figure, matched groups of subjects at each of two age levels (7 and 10) were given a pre-test, a seven-week training session, and two post-tests. Subjects at both age levels demonstrated the ability to sort paintings according to a consistent criterion; the older group could more readily alter the basis of its classifications when instructed to do so; style sensitivity was not found to be dependent upon concrete operational thought. Strategies used by subjects and the role of Gestalt perception and operational thought in style sensitivity are discussed.