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ERIC Number: ED039930
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jan
Pages: 19
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An Examination of Changes in Attitudes to Visual Complexity with Increasing Age.
Day, H. I.; Crawford, Gail
In measuring affective evaluations of complexity, two questions have been generated by findings in the literature: (1) whether the response indicators, "interesting,""pleasing," and "liking," represent interchangeable labels for the same evaluative responses, and (2) whether these evaluations evidence a positive attitude towards complex stimulation by young children and a less positive attitude with older children and adults. In attempting to answer these questions, subjects from grade one through grade 13 were shown 15 pairs of random polygons, the alternatives differing in level of complexity, and asked to select the alternative they "liked,""found more pleasing," or "found more interesting." Analysis of the number of "more complex" (defined in terms of number of sides) selections made by each grade and response group suggested that complex stimuli were considered to be more interesting than either pleasing or likeable. There was also a significant decrease in liking for more complex stimulation with age. Results were interpreted as supporting research which has argued that the verbal evaluations of "like,""interesting," and "pleasing" are not synonymous although related, and findings that positive evaluation of complexity decreases with age. (Author/DR)
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Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.