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The Japanese art of Ukiyo-e developed in the city of Edo
(now Tokyo) during the Tokugawa or Edo Period (1615-1868).
_____ (Q) Thus, with their political power effectively removed, the
merchant class turned to art and culture as arenas in which they could
participate on an equal basis with the elite upper classes (warriors, farmers,
_____ (R) Although the cultural status of Ukiyo-e was initially considered "low" art, by and for the non-elite classes, its artistic and technical caliber is consistently remarkable.
_____ (S) It was, indeed, the collaboration among the merchants, artists,
publishers, and townspeople of Edo that gave Ukiyo-e its unique voice.
_____ (T) The social hierarchy of the day, officially established by shogun rulers, placed the merchants, the wealthiest segment of the population, at the lower end of the scale.
_____ (U) In turn, Ukiyo-e provided these groups with a means of
attaining cultural status outside the sanctioned realms of shogunate, temple,
Recently more research has focused on the relationship
between color and psychological functioning.
_____ (Q) Two further experiments establish the link between red and
avoidance motivation as indicated by behavioral (i.e., task choice) and
psychophysiological (i.e., cortical activation) measures.
_____ (R) Four experiments, in fact, demonstrate that the brief
perception of red prior to an important test (e.g., an IQ test) impairs
performance, and this effect appears to take place outside of participants'
_____ (S) Red impairs performance on achievement tasks, because red is
associated with the danger of failure in achievement contexts and evokes
_____ (T) All of these findings suggest that care must be taken in how
red is used in achievement contexts and illustrate how color can act as a
subtle environmental cue that has important influences on behavior.
_____ (U) Indeed, startling findings occurred in regard to the relationship
between red and performance attainment.