Accession Number : AD0626753

Title :   CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VOLUNTEER FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL INVESTIGATIONS.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : VANDERBILT UNIV NASHVILLE TENN

Personal Author(s) : Ora,John P. ,Jr.

Report Date : NOV 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 48

Abstract : On the basis of the relevant experimental data, volunteering (vg) for psychological experiments is considered as a function of background, message, and personality variables. The important methodological distinction between volunteers and psuedo-volunteers is stressed. A comprehensive survey and summarization of the literature suggests that the less socio-cultural influences favor volunteering, the more volunteers will tend to be unaware of social desirability, unconventional, neurotic, and introverted than nonvolunteers. It was concluded that an appropriate question to be asked in evaluating volunteers for psychological investigation is not whether they are representative of the population, but on what dimensions they are unrepresentative; and whether the particular dimensions on which they are unrepresentative defeat the purposes of the investigation. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS, ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY), (*ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS), PERSONALITY, MOTIVATION, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), NEUROSES, FEAR, ANXIETY, BEHAVIOR, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, GROUP DYNAMICS

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE