Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
C. Raymond Millimet
James M. Thomas
Thirty-eight subjects selected on the basis of extreme REP test scores participated in a task requiring them to make ratings of comfort when presented with hypothetical persons with differing personality attributes. Attribute sets were composed of five bipolar construct dimensions determined individually for each subject by extracting constructs that were mutually unrelated (differentiated) or mutually related (undifferentiated). Subjects rated each of 32 different attribute combinations. It .was expected that the mutually related construct dimensions ot the undifferentiated group would increase the likelihood of cue inconsistency and result in ratings formed on the basis of a nonadditive model of information processing while the lack of mutual relationship among the constructs of the differentiated group would result in impressions that adhere to an additive model. Results indicated that an additive model adequately accounted for the ratings of all subjects. However, the ratings of the undifferentiated group showed significantly greater nonadditive components than did the ratings of the differentiated group. This result was interpreted to reflect attempts to resolve cue inconsistencies encountered by the undifferentiated group.
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