SIMULATION STUDIES OF COMMUNICATION BEHAVIOR UNDER STRESS: PHASES one and two.
Final technical rept. 1 Feb 68-28 Feb 69,
OHIO STATE UNIV COLUMBUS DISASTER RESEARCH CENTER
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A study of cross-cultural interaction has progressed through a pilot laboratory observational stage and a systematic laboratory observational stage. Among the specific activities undertaken were a literature review, a series of semi-structured interviews with individuals who had cross-cultural experiences, a set of 28 laboratory observational sessions utilizing 50 subjects of 16 different nationalities, a system for data retrieval to allow easy and rapid access to the various items of information elicited from the preceding activities, and further specification of the theoretical and methodological implications of the work. The basic design of the laboratory sessions involved the creation of culturally homogeneous groups followed by culturally heterogeneous groups involved in the same task. From data gathered in these two types of sessions the differences between culturally homogeneous and heterogeneous interaction could be assessed. Author