Kim J G, Goldman A J, Biederman I, 2008, "Blind or deaf? A matter of aesthetics" Perception 37(6) 949 – 950
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Blind or deaf? A matter of aesthetics
Jiye G Kim, Andrew J Goldman, Irving Biederman
Abstract. Blind or deaf? Surprisingly, a small but noticeable minority, 17%, opted for blindness. Another 6% were indifferent. For these individuals (23% of the sample), the loss of the aesthetic experience—music—was given relatively greater weight than the loss of the practical—conversation. This was not a symmetric effect in that those who opted for being deaf did not place greater value on the aesthetic aspects of vision compared to those who opted for being blind. What predicts the preference for being blind was not the amount of time spent listening to music but the extent to which one formally studied, created, and played music and experienced intense emotions when engaged by music.
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