ERIC Number: ED225073
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Social Hypothesis Testing: Another Look.
Mersmann, Harry J.
Social hypothesis testing is the process by which individuals make judgments about what other people do, think, or say. In an attempt to replicate Snyder and Swann's (1978) research and to examine the relationship of certain personality traits to different hypothesis testing strategies, 86 college students made selections from a list of questions to determine if another student was an extrovert and completed four personality scales. Results showed that information about the percentage of extroverts in the group was not used in determining which types of questions to ask. None of the personality variables proved to be a good predictor of the type of hypothesis testing strategy chosen by the subjects. Subjects chose a significantly different type of hypothesis testing strategy from that used by subjects in Snyder and Swann's research. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Social Hypothesis Testing
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (62nd, Sacramento, CA, April 7-11, 1982).