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Title:The influence of structural dimensions on similarity/dissimilarity judgements when categorizing paintings: A developmental study
Author(s):Hughley, John Henry
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Hardiman, George W.; Zernich, Theodore
Department / Program:Art Education
Discipline:Art Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Art
Fine Arts
Psychology, Developmental
Abstract:This study investigated the influence of structural dimensions on similarity/dissimilarity judgements when catergorizing paintings. The problem considered the structural dimensions subject matter and degree of realism and their developmental influence on the categorization of paintings. One hundred twenty subjects from grades 1, 3, 5, and 7 viewed 20 pairs of 2" x 2" 35 mm slides of paintings, and one study slide for each pair, to determine which slide of the pair was more like the study slide. The slides were grouped into four categories of similarity: (1) similar subject matter/similar realism; (2) similar subject matter/dissimilar realism; (3) dissimilar subject matter/similar realism; and (4) dissimilar subject matter/dissimilar realism. Following the exposure of the study slide, the slide pair was shown in sequence. Then the subjects determined which slide of the pair was more like the study slide by circling "yes" for similar on an answer sheet under the appropriate slide number. In this study, the data significance has been assessed by SAS (Statistical Analysis System) PROC CATMOD, a categorical data procedure for repeated measures design (subjects x stimuli). The results suggest that there may be some instances of significant observable differences in children's aesthetic development during early adolescence. In addition, degree of realism appears considerably important at an early age.
Issue Date:1989
Rights Information:Copyright 1989 Hughley, John Henry
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9010898
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9010898

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