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167210.  Wed Apr 18, 2007 6:31 am Reply with quote

Question: How should you judge a book?

Forfeit: Not by its cover

Answer: By its cover

A study by Ronald AMP Piters and Mia JW Stokmans of Tilburg University has shown that 77% of all covers were classified correctly.

For their experiment, Piters and Stokmans chose 13 books of various genres, written by little-known authors. Thirty-two volunteers, some voracious book-readers, others but occasional partakers of literature, looked at pictures of the books' covers. They classified each cover as belonging to one or another standard genre. For heavy and light readers alike, the choices usually matched the official classification.



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