Accession Number:

AD0783305

Title:

Parameters of Information-Seeking Behavior.

Descriptive Note:

Final scientific rept. 1 Jan 72-31 Mar 74,

Corporate Author:

AMERICAN INSTITUTES FOR RESEARCH SILVER SPRING MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1974-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

The research carried out under this contract represents an attempt to evaluate information seeking under realistic conditions relevant to the design of information systems and the training of information analysts. The research effort resulted in the accomplishment of four major experiments. Experiment I was designed to assess the effects upon information-seeking and decision-making performance of a self-versus controlled-pacing of information input, b the rate and variability of rate of information arrival, and c the number of decision modifications permitted. Experiment II was concerned with the effects upon information-seeking and decision-making performance of a the number of decision alternatives, b the a priori probabilities of each alternative being correct, and c the maount of information available for use in making a decision. Experiment III assessed the effects of a the amount of resources available for information purchase, and b the amount of information available with more severe limits than in Experiment II. Experiment IV considered the effects of unknown limits to the availability of information. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE