Pictorial perception: individual and group differences within the human species


J. B. Deręgowski

University of Aberdeen, Scotland



This paper examines empirical evidence pertaining to perception of pictures by human beings. It is particularly concerned with the evidence that within the species differences are found between culturally disparate groups; and within such groups between subgroups differing in age and between men and women. It is stressed that whether a stimulus can be regarded as a picture depends on both the nature of the stimulus and the nature of the observer; in addition the task which a subject is requested to perform is a crucial determinant in any assessment of pictorial perception. In consequence stimuli which ...

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