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A quotation  and references that might be useful to those with the knowledge to extend and connect this page (it is not my area of expertise, but I came on this from another direction):
In 1912, Cambridge's Edward Bullough  published a lengthy paper .... In the paper., he set down, in a reasonably complete manner, the concept of [psychical] distance ....
Evidently, he succeeded. Donald Sherburne, for example, says, "Edward Bullough's theory of the Psychical Distance has become a classic doctrine of aesthetic thinking."  And James L. Jarrett writes of Bullough's ideas, "Perhaps no more influential idea has been introduced into modern aesthetics than that of psychical distance." 
 Jerry P. King, The Art of Mathematics (New York: Plenum, 1992) p.196
 Edward Bullough, Psychical Distance as a factor in Art and an Aesthetic Principle (British Journal of Psychology: 5 (1912), p87-118)
 Donald Sherburne, A Whiteheadean Aesthetic (New York: Yale, 1961) p.108
 James L. Jarrett, The Quest for Beauty (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1957) p.111
Also consider a wikilink to emotional detachment and text that should relate these concepts.
King, later in his book, refers to his preference to use the term aesthetic distance rather than psychical distance, as he feels the latter term has misleading connotations in current usage. I note that aesthetic distance is a wiki redirect, and refers the reader into another usage in theatrical terms.
- Agree that it's not much to do with "Psychics" though it's been put in that category. More to do with cultural centricity, even business and marketing. If no-one objects, I'll change the category to others. Am happy to add the reading list, Julia Rossi (talk) 04:12, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
- Still going
have largely wikified it and removed tags; would like to–
- refine the suggestions and refs above;
- move it to "psychical distance" instead so there's no confusion about the term (unless it is the term actually is "psychic" which seems doubtful in the context. Julia Rossi (talk) 05:05, 27 November 2008 (UTC)