(THEORETICAL AND GENERAL PROBLEMS IN RELATION TO VERBAL BEHAVIOR)
Technical rept. 1 Oct 1949-31 Aug 1952
MARYLAND UNIV BALTIMORE DENTAL SCHOOL
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Methods for identifying persons unsuitable for military service were first studied. A primary problem was the identification of malingering on personality tests. Studies in verbal behavior were also made. Some of the conclusions are as follows 1 old associations influence problem solutions, and 2 the order of words in which a problem is stated has an influence on the kind of solution appearing most frequently. A work-association technique for the measurement of attitudes was developed. Verbal habits operating alone were found to influence personality trait ratings. Other studies indicated that associative output was greater for attitude-related words than for stimulus words unrelated to attitude and that the recall of verbal material was enhanced by spaced recall trials.