A Peculiar Experiment
One day in 1905 a German schoolteacher by the name of Rudolf Schulze gathered a group of children in the courtyard of an elementary school in Leipzig in order to conduct a peculiar experiment. The school was an ordinary elementary school, a Volksschule in the sixth precinct of the city. The children were all girls, aged eleven and twelve. Arranging them in three rows, Schulze first asked the girls to close their eyes while he placed a picture before them. Once the picture was in place, he told them to open their eyes again and to pay attention. Within the next few seconds, another teacher documented the girls’ response to the picture using a camera placed behind it. Schulze meticulously repeated the same procedure twelve times for twelve pictures, which ranged from illustrations from children’s books to depictions of Christ on the Cross and from pastoral landscapes to scenes from medieval mythology....
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