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ERIC Number: ED098622
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 24
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Information Processing in the Theatre: Sex Differences in Responses to "The Homecoming" and "Private Lives."
Gourd, William
Confined to the interaction of subject sex with stimulus complexity, this paper reports a portion of the results of an experimental study which hypothesized a series of relationships between theatre audience members' information-processing abilities and their responses to complex and simple plays. The subjects for the study were 60 female and 30 male undergraduates in six sections of speech and English classes at Bowling Green State University, selected on the basis of the fact that they were in the first and fourth quartiles of the score distributions on the Rep Test. The plays chosen for the study were "The Homecoming" by Harold Pinter and "Private Lives" by Noel Coward. "The Homecoming" was judged to be the more complex play. It was concluded that females in this study preferred "Private Lives" to "The Homecoming." Further, the theatre can be a useful laboratory for studying perception, attitude, and behavior phenomena to discover techniques and methodologies that facilitate further explorations of human behavior. (RB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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