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Most psychologists, perplexed by the feelings they acknowledge are aroused by aesthetic experience, have claimed that these emotions are genuine, but different in kind from nonaesthetic emotions. This, however, is (i)_____rather than an empirical observation and consequently lacks explanatory value. On the other hand, Gombrich argues that emotional responses to art are (ii)_____; art triggers remembrances of previously experienced emotions. These debates have prompted the psychologist Radford to argue that people do experience real melancholy or joy in responding to art, but that these are (iii)_____responses precisely because people know they are reacting to illusory stimuli.

A a descriptive distinction D vivacious G zealous
B a body of profound knowledge E synonymous H lugubrious
C a valid evidence F ersatz I ersatz

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