ERIC Number: ED208866
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Aesthetical Information Impact of a Literary Text.
Malik, M. F.
The aim of this study was to explore the aesthetic impact of a literary text on the human mind and to extend the knowledge on how and when the information from a book enters the human brain, and if and when it starts to be processed and, possibly, memorized. Readers' responses to aesthetic texts were measured through a series of biometric laboratory tests, which included a general readability test, a decision selection test, basic media tests, a general processing test, a stress wave test, and a reaction test. Basic equipment used included a sensoric tracking device, a cortical response processing device, and a peripheral responses processing device. Within the test group were people of different age, sex, nationality, and linguistic competence and education. In general, the findings showed great differences between the perception, enjoyment, and retention of the same texts by different persons--far more than may be attributed to the subjects' backgrounds or competencies. Furthermore, the isolation of "pure" aesthetic impact was inhibited by the fact that nearly all the subjects understood the term "aesthetic" in different terms. Finally, the same text read and understood by several readers produced very different retrieval/memory/responses. Seventy-two references are listed. (Author/LLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Aesthetics; Biocybernetics; Biometrics
Note: Best copy available. Appendix A and photographs removed prior to filming. For a related document, see IR 009 781.