Scaling of Musical Preferences by the Mentally Retarded

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Science  22 Jul 1966:
Vol. 153, Issue 3734, pp. 432-434
DOI: 10.1126/science.153.3734.432


The ability of institutionalized retardates in scaling musical preferences was compared with that of normals. The retardates' scale values and scale forms obtained by two kinds of scaling procedures are very similar to those of normals. Deficits, however, are observed in their lower internal consistency and relative uncertainty and in higher response polarization and perseveration.