ERIC Number: ED170821
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of the Structure of Communication Rules on Persons' Simulated Conversations.
Johnson, Kenneth M.
The goals of this study were to replicate the findings produced in a previous conversation simulation study, to examine the conditions whereby persons attribute blame, and to extend the methodology employed in simulation game study. Conversations were simulated by a two-person game in which subjects (46 undergraduate students) were provided a deck of cards comprising an artificial language and a set of rules for action and meaning. The logic of the conversations was manipulated in two versions of the game by changing the complexity and symmetry of the rules. Subject ability to coordinate "conversations" was measured during and after each game for descriptions of the predictability of the partner (intrapersonal) and for each dyad's actual coordination score (interpersonal). The results in general replicated the findings of the previous study. In addition, the results indicated variation in persons' attribution of blame and in the salience of certain variables during the course of a "conversation"; for example, "unpredictability of partner" was highly correlated with several variables at midgame but not with any variables at the end of the game. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 1-5, 1979)