It has been both a pleasure and an honor to edit this book. The pleasure has been in interacting with the gifted authors who wrote the chapters for this volume and the honor has been in knowing that the book is dedicated to a great man and a brilliant psychologist-Daniel E. Berlyne. All the contributors to this book have been touched, at some time, by Dan Berlyne and his ideas. Whether as his teachers, his colleages, his peers, his students, or his friends and arguing partners, we have all felt his presence and been improved by it. The list of contributors to this volume is large and could have been much larger, for a number of people, in fact, contacted me for the oppor tunity to contribute when they heard about the purpose of this book. It is also an international list, for Dan Berlyne's contacts were international. The diversity in content and style is also intentional. The authors were invited to contribute an original paper in the field in which they are presently engaged, whether theoretical or a report of empirical work, and to indicate the contribution that Dan Berlyne had made to their work. As the reader will note, contributions range from personal and contact in a laboratory to ideas that elicit controversy, argument, and intensive re search. Daniel Ellis Berlyne was born in Selford, England, a suburb of Man chester,in 1924, and died in Toronto, Canada, on November 2, 1976.
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Table of Contents
1. “My First Interest Is Interest”: Berlyne as an Exemplar of the Curiosity Drive.- 2. Berlyne’s Theory: A Metascientific Study.- 3. The Quest for the Inverted U.- 4. Environmental Restriction and “Stimulus Hunger”: Theories and Applications.- 5. Explorations of Exploration.- 6. Arousal, Intrinsic Motivation, and Personality.- 7. Subjective Uncertainty and Task Preference.- 8. Experiential Roots of Intention, Initiative, and Trust.- 9. A Theory Deriving Preference from Conflict.- 10. Play: A Ludic Behavior.- 11. Toward a Taxonomy and Conceptual Model of Play.- 12. Intrinsic Motivation and Health.- 13. The Psychological Aesthetics of Narrative Forms.- 14. A Conceptual Analysis of Exploratory Behavior: The “Specific-Diversive” Distinction Revisited.- 15. Ambiguity, Complexity, and Preference for Works of Art.- 16. About the Role of Visual Exploration in Aesthetics.- 17. Bases of Transcultural Agreement in Response to Art.- 18. Information Theory and Melodic Perception: In Search of the Aesthetic Engram.- 19. Toward an Integrated Theory of Aesthetic Perception in the Visual Arts.- 20. Recent Developments in Experimental Aesthetics: A Summary of Berlyne Laboratory Research Activities, 1974–1977.