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ERIC Number: ED078450
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Pages: 28
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Social Power as a Barrier to Communications Feedback.
Haroldsen, Edwin O.; Kirkham, Kreg
The investigators assume that in a social power relationship, where one person has the power to reward or punish another for the latter's behavior, the social inferior will tend to conceal from a superior information he possesses or attitudes he holds which, if shared, might cause the superior to censure the inferior. To test this hypothesis, two pilot studies were conducted at Brigham Young University in the summer of 1972, and a more extensive study was run in the spring of 1973. The object was to present the class instructor in a social power position in the experimental condition, and in a non-power position in the control condition. Students were made to infer that their responses would affect their standing with the instructor and thus their grade. The data compiled do not support the authors' hypothesis that in a communications situation a message receiver will be less candid and more anxiety-ridden in feeding back information to a sender who exerts social power. (EE)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Assn. (Montreal, April 25-28, 1973)