DISPOSITIONAL AND INDUCED INFORMATION PROCESSING STRUCTURES.
PRINCETON UNIV N J DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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In this investigation, short-term training sequences are used to systematically manipulate two major aspects of structural complexity 1 the number of dimensions of information available to the individual 2 the level of complexity with which these dimensions are integrated. Ss are 72 undergraduates differing in dispositional conceptual level. The specific experimental concern is the effect of these manipulations upon the ability of these Ss to generate and to entertain alternate perspectives when engaged in a complex problem-solving task. Both training sequence and dispositional conceptual level are found to significantly influence the extent to which the Ss generate alternate perspectives as a strategy of conflict resolution and decision making. However, openness to the perspectives of others is significantly influenced only by conceptual level. Author