ERIC Number: ED025094
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Nov-15
Reference Count: 0
The Associability of CVC Pairs. Research Report.
Montague, William E.; Kiess, Harold O.
To obtain an a priori estimate of natural language mediators (NLM's) 320 pairs of words with the consonant-vowel-consonant-pattern (CVC's) were broken into four series of 90 pairs and presented to 240 male and female undergraduates. Pairs were shown for 15 seconds while the subjects wrote down any associative device or NLM they could generate that would link both items in the pair. The association value (AV) of pairs varied between pairs. The proportion of subjects able to make an association was the associability value (AS). Results indicated that AS and AV were correlated although AS varied among pairs with items about equal in AV. Experiments run after the AS scale was obtained demonstrated that AS was valuable as a predictor of learning rate. In addition, AS values were highly correlated with the frequency of NLM's in the post-experiment reports. It was concluded that the AS measure represents a valuable addition to our understanding of the complexity of verbal learning. Seven tables provide data. (Author/RP)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Dept. of Psychology.