Absorption and Trance-Inductive Poetry

Joseph Glicksohn, Reuven Tsur, Chanita Goodblatt

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Examined the aesthetic qualities of trance-inductive (TI) poetry. 41 (university student) readers, classified as low- and high-absorption, read a TI poem characterized by high metric regularity and rated the poem on 7 7-point evaluative scales. While low-absorption Ss found the poem to be boring and unpleasant, high-absorption Ss found the poem to be interesting and pleasant. Low-absorption Ss responded to a flat sequence of monotonously rhyming lines, finding the text to be boring, while the high-absorption Ss detected hierarchic structure in the poetic text, finding the latter to be pleasing. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)115-122
Number of pages8
JournalEmpirical Studies of the Arts
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1991


  • Aesthetics
  • Poetry


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