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Photography as a research tool for studying human psychology: Photos of friendship as an example

인간 심리에 대한 연구도구로서의 사진: 우정 사진을 예로

  • Received : 2015.11.16
  • Accepted : 2016.03.20
  • Published : 2016.03.28

Abstract

For the past half century, researches on human psychology have witnessed the flourish of various research tools in this area. Many psychological measures were developed to get objectified data and this trend has lead to the abundance of quantified results. However, considering subjectiveness and refinements of human experience, the research focused on individual's unique perspectives and explanations is needed also. In this vein, this study proposed the usefulness of photography as a research tool for human psychology. With the wide spread of smart phone, taking photo became the everyday activity for modern people and also a part of a public art. If photo could play an efficient and unique role to study human psychology, the depth and width of human understanding might change dramatically in positive way. Two friendship photos were presented to suggest the possibility of photo as a research tool and final considerations of using photo were suggested briefly.

Keywords

human psychology;research tool;photography;friendship;subjective experience

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 한국연구재단

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