ERIC Number: ED085411
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Oct
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Individual Versus Provided Constructs, Cognitive Complexity, and Extremity of Ratings in Person Perception.
Kuusinen, Jorma; Nystedt, Lars
The purpose of this experiment was to investigate the effect of the experimenter and the type of rating scales on indices of cognitive complexity and extremity of ratings. Starting from the notion of implicit theory of personality and Kelly's personal construct theory, it has been assumed that a person's individual constructs would be more meaningful than scales provided by the experimenter in ratings of other people, since the individual constructs best represent those dimensions that a person habitually uses in his interpretations of the social environment. In the present study four indices of cognitive complexity and one index of extremity of ratings were used to test the effects of the meaningfulness of constructs. The results did not support the hypothesis that perceptions of other people are characterized by greater complexity when subjects use their own constructs rather than constructs provided by the experimenter. (Author)
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Sponsor: Tri-Centennial Fund, Stockholm (Sweden).
Authoring Institution: Stockholm Univ. (Sweden). Psychological Labs.