Having just posted one of my favourite of my nthposition reviews, here is one of my favourite Dabbler pieces (along with the management secrets of the Manhattan Project one) I still wonder what happened to this boy.
I came across the paper described in this piece in a book on the pictorial world of children. I also emailed one of the authors, with no reply. It was circulating around my mind for a few years and finally The Dabbler seemed like the right place to write it for. It was literally only when writing the piece I realised what seems obvious; the authors of the paper were the parents of the boy described.
A certain wry scepticism about experimental psychology is evident here.
As this piece deals with child development, I thought it was an interesting place to start.
Originally published at The Dabbler
Here it is:
Imagine if, in infancy, your parents made every effort to ensure that you never saw a picture. This is what happened to the anonymous subject of Julian Hochberg and Virginia Brooks’s 1962 paper “Pictorial Recognition as an Unlearned Ability in…
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