The effect of three cognitive variables on the aesthetic communication process

In this thesis the effects of three cognitive variables were studied as they affect the aesthetic communication process. It was assumed that aesthetic communication is the process whereby the artist through his work, communicates his feelings to the perceiver. Consequently, each subject was initially tested to determine if he were: a. elative or depressive; b. variable or stable mood; c. sensitizer or repressor. The subjects were then measured on the accuracy of their perceptions of four aesthetic stimuli (paintings), two of which were elative while the other two were depressive. Their accuracy was determined by comparing their responses to those of the artist. The sample consisted of 104 introductory psychology students at San Fernando Valley State College. (See more in text.)