ERIC Number: ED164416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Imagery Arousal as a Function of Exposure to Artistic Stimuli.
The purpose of this study was to determine to what extent music and art can arouse imagery experiences in an audience. Because of the relationship found between imagery and the arts in past research, it was hypothesized that artistic stimuli would have a greater influence on imagery than other kinds of stimuli (art-information or non-artistic). For the study, 92 subjects were divided into seven groups. Six groups were given six different kinds of stimuli: visual artistic (color slides of paintings), auditory artistic (a tape of selections of classical music), visual art-information (a lecture on art which was read by the subjects), auditory art-information (a lecture on music which was heard on a tape), visual non-artistic (color slides of everyday objects), and auditory non-artistic (a tape of sound effects). The seventh group, a control group, received no stimuli. Following the presentation of the stimuli, subjects in all groups answered a questionnaire about the visual or auditory images they experienced during the presentation. Results indicated that music aroused more imagery than art, even through the non-artistic stimuli. This may be due to the fact that listening to music involves the audience more actively than merely looking at art. This study indicates that music therapy might be effective in helping patients get in touch with themselves and that music education might help children become more conscious of themselves in relation to their world. (Author/AV)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Univ., Coll. at Brockport.