Coin perception studies and the concept of schemata

Psychological Review 63 (3):160-168 (1956)
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The proposition that perception is in- fluenced by object value and perceiver need has enjoyed an exciting career since it was given prominence by Bruner and Goodman in an oral and, later, a printed report (3) of dramatic differ- ences between rich and poor children in their judgments of coin sizes. Whether that study or subsequent ones can be said to have upheld the proposition may be questionable; but the effect on psy- chologists is beyond doubt. They were refreshed and stimulated. The ideas, the experimental approach, and the re- sults were new, and quite obviously ap- pealed to current needs.


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