Accession Number : AD0734981

Title :   Informational Analysis of Three-word Verbal Discrimination Learning.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Dvornick,Eugene Steven

Report Date : SEP 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 49

Abstract : Forth Naval Postgraduate School students participated in a verbal discrimination (VD) experiment using three-word items of different frequency ratios. Half of the three-word items were composed of similar words and half, dissimilar words. Based on information theory the words were grouped into two lists, both of equal length and approximately equal information. Performance by the subjects showed statistical significance for the trial and item similarity interaction. The effect of using different frequency ratios within the separate word lists showed a facilitation of learning only for items with similar words. Apparently, the differential ratios were not sufficiently apparent in the dissimilar items to permit the use of preexperimental frequency differences as a cue to learning. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*LEARNING, PERFORMANCE TESTS), VERBAL BEHAVIOR, FREQUENCY, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, THESES

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE