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ERIC Number: ED131382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 39
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Reliability of a Measure of Behavior Perception.
Newtson, Darren; And Others
Two five-week test-retest reliability studies of a measure of the unit of perception of ongoing behavior were conducted. In the first, 25 females and 23 males segmented a 7-minute action sequence under fine-unit or gross-unit instructional sets. Number of units marked at first viewing correlated .87 with number of units at retest. Correlations over intervals of the sequence between the number of times each interval was marked at first presentation and the number of times it was marked at second presentation averaged .85. A second study employed eight two-three minute sequences and fine, gross, and natural-unit instructional sets. The result was a substantial replication of previous findings on all three indexes of reliability, although some differences in degree of reliability were observed for different sequences. In addition, both studies included a measure of attribution for each unit of behavior recorded. Subjects judged whether each action was "chosen by the person" or "produced by the situation" as they segmented the sequence. In both studies, the number of each type marked by each subject as well as the number of each type marked in each stimulus interval was significantly reliable over the test-retest period. (Author)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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