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Abstract

In their article, "A Study of the Effect of Reception of Works of Art through an Interactive CD-ROM," Halász, Hantos, and Faa collected data on the aesthetic impact of art objects through multimedia. They constructed a CD-ROM out of various images, sounds and text. Items were offered to 135 secondary school subjects in the framework of directed interactive polychrome variations. The effect was studied partly by measuring viewing (reading) times for each item, and partly by semantic differential and attitude scales. The data for viewing time and phases, and of items of the semantic differential and attitude scales were analyzed for females and males, for long and short timers, and for the more and less experienced. It was concluded that knowledge of the basic indices of the receivers' characteristics offered a high predictive value regarding the relationship between attitude towards multimedia and (aesthetic) effect. Consequently, interactive artistic multimedia is in itself an unsatisfactory educational tool, requiring further interaction with an educator.

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