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ERIC Number: ED037319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 8
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An Exploratory Study of Emotional Responses Related to Reading.
Blakely, W. Paul
The relationship of reading material to delinquent behavior has been a much discussed subject. This author has taken some steps toward identifying and understanding the emotional concomitants of reading. He investigated the perceptions of emotional concomitants which exist among a sizable and geographically diversified group of subjects presumed to be sensitive to phenomena of human development and learning, and/or verbal behavior. The subjects were 414 men and women enrolled in 11 colleges and universities in nine states. A constructed checklist asked each subject to indicate as "never,""rarely,""sometimes," or "often" his perception of the commonness of occurrence of certain emotional responses during reading. The checklist was divided into four sections: subjective experiences of emotion, involuntary physiological responses, overt action, and incentive reduction. It was concluded that the subjects did perceive a variety of emotional responses occurring in relation to their reading and that their perceptions differed according to sex, age, and major field of study. It was suggested that the checklist be further refined. Tables and references are included. (NH)
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Authoring Institution: Drake Univ., Des Moines, IA.