ERIC Number: ED056359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Determinants of Disagreement in Personality Descriptions.
Prytulak, Susan Pepper
The description of, or formation of impressions about, persons are viewed as being dependent on situational context and the standard or reference point to which the persons are compared. A study is described in which different subject groups compared a target's score on a "cautiousness-boldness" or a "relaxation-alertness" test with either a single reference point or with 2 divergent reference points. It was hypothesized that the relative amount of disagreement observed among subjects judging a target against 2 reference points could be predicted from 2 single reference-point descriptions of the target. Results support the hypothesis leading the author to conclude that one reason why judges form different impressions of the same target is that they are responding to different aspects of the stimulus situation. (TL)
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Western Ontario, London. Dept. of Psychology.
Note: Paper presented at Canadian Psychological Association convention, St. Johns, Newfoundland, June 3-5, 1971