Esthetic judgment warm and cool: Cognitive and affective determinants

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When taking the Child Test of Esthetic Judgment under specific instructions, 35 undergraduates distinguished between subjective preference and objective judgment. All high scorers, regardless of instruction, were characterized by prior exposure to art and cognitive flexibility. But high scorers under the preference instructions (“warm” judges) are also open to emotional experience and search for emotional challenge in life and in art, whereas high scorers under the judgment instructions (“cool” judges) show a belief in the importance of evaluative standards. The 2 classifications cross-cut, producing 4 groups. Those scoring high under both instructions (“esthetic” Ss) were emotionally open, challenged by art, and guided by evaluative standards; those scoring low (“nonartistic” Ss) were emotionally constricted and without belief in evaluative standards. (10 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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