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ERIC Number: ED072388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 18
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Cognitive Style and Hypothesis Testing.
Davis, J. Kent
The primary purpose of this study was to determine empirically whether an individual's cognitive style differentially influences his hypothesizing behavior within a relatively simple information processing task. A characteristic of cognitive style explored is the manner in which an individual perceives and analyzes a stimulus configuration; specifically, performance on the Hidden Figure Test (HFT) was used as an operational method of identifying an individual's cognitive style. In the experiment the HFT was administered to 404 students in introductory educational psychology classes. Analytic and global subjects were distinguished in terms of a median split on the HFT scores and then administered learning set problems. In general, the conclusion to be drawn from this data is that analytic subjects are more proficient hypothesis testers than are global subjects. However, additional research is needed to determine if the higher percent of errors of global subjects is due to a memory loss, lack of attention, faulty use of feedback or some combination of these factors. (Author/SES)
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Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, 1973