Accession Number : AD0464259


Title :   A FACTOR ANALYSIS OF THE SYMBOLIC-EVALUATION ABILITIES. STUDIES OF APTITUDES OF HIGH-LEVEL PERSONNEL


Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,


Corporate Author : UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES PSYCHOLOGICAL LAB


Personal Author(s) : Hoepfner, R ; Guilford, J P ; Merrifield, P R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/464259.pdf


Report Date : Dec 1964


Pagination or Media Count : 41


Abstract : This study approaches the problem of describing symbolic judgmental processes from the standpoint of individual differences in terms of basic traits. Based upon Guilford's structure-of intellect model, six factors of symbolic evaluation were hypothesized to exist as distinct from each other and also from factors represented in certain other domains of the model. Twenty five experimental tests were developed to serve as measures of the six hypothesized factors. In order to obtain factors clearly generalizable to those generated from the model, at least three tests were developed for each hypothesized factor. Furthermore, the tests designed were not specific to a certain kind of symbol but utilized several kinds, including numbers, words, letters, and syllables. Measures of reference factors from the structure of intellect were also included in order to demonstrate clearly the uniqueness of the hypothesized factors. Twenty-five tests designed to measure 12 reference factors were analyzed as part of the total battery. In addition, three variables designed to measure the examinees' levels of motivation to succeed on the aptitude tests were employed in expectation of isolating a motivation factor and possibly determining the influence of motivation upon the test scores.


Descriptors :   *APTITUDE TESTS , TEST CONSTRUCTION(PSYCHOLOGY) , INTELLIGENCE TESTS , STATISTICAL ANALYSIS , FACTOR ANALYSIS


Subject Categories : Psychology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE