ERIC Number: ED125002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Experimental Investigation of a Spacial Model of Information.
Craig, Robert T.
This experiment tested the hypothesis that cognitive change resulting from information inputs can be represented as linear motion of concepts in multidimensional space. The theoretical background is reviewed and the mathematical derivation of the hypothesis is given. A set of fifteen nations was scaled by 64 undergraduate and graduate students in communication classes at a large university using Woelfel's Galileo system of multidimensional scaling. Experimental messages were introduced and the posttest interconcept distances compared with those predicted by theory. The crucial partial correlations were low and did not confirm the hypothesis. Secondary analyses suggested that the failure may have resulted from inadequate control of message content and failure to consider the concept of "domain." The theory made better predictions for a subset of the concepts that might be a domain. (Author/LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Portland, Oregon, April 14-17, 1976)