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October 23, 1937

Studies in the Psychology of Art. Volume II

JAMA. 1937;109(17):1389. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780430067031

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This volume contains eight reports of research done on the psychology of art. The first paper is a study of the art appreciation process at the child level, in which the writer concludes that there are certain technics necessary to teach the principles of art to children as low as the second, third, fourth and fifth grades. The second paper studies emphatic responses in children, and the writer finds that this type of response begins at an early age and may be found even in kindergarten children. Growth is a characteristic of this behavior, and it is possible to devise a test which has the ability to discriminate certain relationships as to age and artistic ability. Briefly stated, there are four tests to which the child has to give an adjectival response, such as pleasantness, unpleasantness, or an impression to a certain picture or diagram. The third paper is an

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