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ERIC Number: ED131832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Pages: 23
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The Prediction of Individual Association Hierarchies from Cultural Frequencies. Pre-Publication Draft.
Silverstein, Albert
Theorists have argued that the relatedness of words depends upon the degree to which they are associatively connected. Hierarchies of association have been established using two experimental methods: (1) the procedural method, and (2) the repetitions method. Since the results of the two methods have proven to be somewhat inconsistent, a study was designed which examined the relationship between the two methods by presenting a list of 20 stimulus words three times in different random orders to 96 college student subjects. Tabulations were kept for the frequency with which associations given on the first trial were repeated in subsequent trials. It was hypothesized that the frequency would increase as the cultural frequency of the association increased. In general, it was found that cultural frequencies do predict the index of repetition of associates, and hence, they represent individual association hierarchies. (EMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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