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ERIC Number: ED169605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Perceptual Distortion of Height in Intercollegiate Debate.
Hensley, Wayne E.; Angoli, Marilyn
Both balance and reinforcement theories were used in an examination of the perceptual distortion of height among 146 college debaters. Balance theory predicted that losers would distort winners' heights upward; reinforcement theory predicted that winners would distort losers' heights upward. The results confirmed both predictions. The possibility that the debaters were given to systematic overstatement as a general tendency was examined by observing their estimates of judges' heights. Given the fact that there was no distortion of judges' heights, this possibility was rejected. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (St. Louis, Missouri, April 5-7, 1979)