ERIC Number: ED240508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation of Eye Movement Patterns in Relation to Cognitive Mapping Style.
Lindeman, Mary L.
A study was conducted to determine the degree of relationship between eye movement patterns and cognitive mapping as determined by the Cognitive Style Mapping Instrument (CSMI). It was hypothesized that a high correlation exists between a predominance of visual and auditory eye movement patterns and the visual and auditory cognitive mapping styles determined by the CSMI--visual language (VL), auditory language (AL), and auditory quantitative (AQ) scores. Subjects were 20 students, staff members, or alumni of a large southwestern university. Each completed the CSMI and an individual interview in which they were asked to perform a memorization task by means of a tape recorded message and a written handout. The results of a discriminant analysis procedure were significant at the .095 level of confidence. The findings indicated that AL was the best predictor of visual eye movements, and that the CSMI measured learning modalities the subject was aware of and could report on, whereas eye movements often measured what the subject was not consciously aware of--often different modalities. (Appendixes contain a discussion of information processing and cognitive style, the reading passage, and the instructions for the tape recorded message used in the study.) (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cognitive Mapping; Cognitive Style Mapping Instrument
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Texas Personnel and Guidance Association (Corpus Christi, TX, October 1981).