Color-form preferences and efficiency in problem solving
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Although assumptions regarding form and color on the Rorschach test constitute one of the main bulwarks of Rorschach personality theory, they have not been subjected to close experimental scrutiny. Several investigators have attempted in recent years to relate form and color determinants on the Rorschach test to selected measures of personality and behavior. However, the propriety of using the Rorschach test as the instrument to validate one or more of its own determinants is open to question. The purpose of this study was to provide an experimental examination of performance efficiency in a problem-solving situation as a function of the preference for form or color perception. A review of the literature with respect to color-form perception indicated a general agreement that form preference is closely associated with mental activity whereas preference for color is related to emotional and conative modes of behavior. From the nature of these relationships it was hypothesized that a person's perceptual preferences will indicate his mode of approach in a problem-solving situation. [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University
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