ERIC Number: ED246667
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Rule Content Interference and Task Difficulty in Conditional Logic Problem Solving.
Rycek, Robert F.
In an experiment using a conditional logic task, subjects were given a set of cards defining a particular conditional relationship. The subjects were required to determine the rule and predict the outcomes of the rule. Rule structure was varied by providing subjects with either a suggested rule, a partial rule, or no rule for each set of cards. Other factors that were manipulated included problem type (use of negations in syllogisms) and problem dimensionality (level of task difficulty based on number of choice items). It was found that when task difficulty was low, subjects with the most rule structure used a matching strategy and showed higher error rates than those with less rule structure. When task difficulty was high, all subjects showed the matching strategy. Qualitative differences were found in the errors made by the two groups, suggesting the need for further research on both qualitative and quantitative differences in conditional problem solving. Appended tables present statistical data from the experiment. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Conditionals; Rule Learning
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (56th, Chicago, IL, May 1984).