By W. Ray Crozier and Antlony J. Chapman (Eds.)

This publication reports development and describes unique study within the cognitive psychology of the humanities. The invited participants are best experts, and the themes which they hide contain mental ways to symbols and which means in paintings, concerns in experimental aesthetics, the improvement in little ones of inventive construction and appreciation, and the notion of musical and pictorial fabric.

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Goodman considers the distinctiveness of artistic symbols in his discussion of authenticity and the identification of forgeries in painting. Goodman begins by questioning the purpose of distinguishing a perfect or near perfect forgery As in his discussions of representation and expression, he fails to find a criterion based on physical properties or distinctive features that justifies a search for or guarantees the authenticity of a painting. The distinction of authenticity is conventional. The historical context of a particular painting makes it a member of a particular group of authentic paintings, which ultimately defines its authenticity.

Experimental aesthetics, characterized by the work of Berlyne (1971, 1974), defines its interest in art in terms of psychological reactions. Berlyne used the term 'psychobiological aesthetics' to describe this interest. The methods of study are in the tradition of Fechner, stressing experimental rigour in measuring preferences and correlative physiological reactions to works of art. Theory within this approach is axiomatic, derived from information theory. Berlyne describes how complexity and conflict in a stimulus gives rise to 'hedonic' responses, such as preference, degree of pleasure, and curiosity.

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