COGNITIVE DETERMINANTS OF ROLE PLAYING
COLORADO UNIV AT BOULDER
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Ten representatives of each of the four major levels of concreteness- abstractness posited by Harvey, Hunt and Schroder 1961 were required to argue in opposition to their own belief concerning whether or not philosophy should be required as a minor for all college undergraduates. Subjects presented their arguments under either a private condition, in which they were erroneously assured no one would ever know the arguments they presented, or under a public condition, in which they were advised that their tape-recorded arguments would later be heard by a university curriculum committee. In addition to the This I Believe Test, scored for abstractness in two ways, each of the 80 Ss was also administered Rokeachs 1960 scales of dogmatism and opinionation as well as the F Scale, Gough and SANFORDS Rigidity Scale 1952, the Doodlebug Problem Denny, 1945 and the WAIS intelligence test. Subjects tape-recorded arguments were scored on 18 variables of role playing.