CAN A COMPUTER ADEQUATELY ADMINISTER A COMPLEX PROBLEM SOLVING TASK TO INDIVIDUAL HUMAN SUBJECTS.
YALE UNIV NEW HAVEN DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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Two experiments were designed as a test of the proposition that a small computer can adequately administer a complex problem solving task to individual human Ss. There are really two questions at issue. First, is the computer program especially written for this experiment an adequate problem adminstrator. Second, will the substitution of a computer for a human E have any effect on Ss problem solving behavior. The first section of this paper is a detailed description of the problem solving task which was computerized. The second section describes Experiment I and its results. Since the results of this first experiment lend themselves to two interpretations, Experiment II was carried out. This is described in the third section. The fourth section examines the evidence for subtle differences in problem solving caused by replacing E by a computer. The fifth section looks at the results of a post-experimental questionnaire, and the final section examines the relation between problem solving ability and Ss scores on a college entrance examination. Author
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems