Accession Number : AD0763458

Title :   Computer and Experimental Simulation of Triad Decision Making.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : PURDUE UNIV LAFAYETTE IND

Personal Author(s) : Castore,Carl H. ; Hart,Edward W. ; Sung,Yong H.

Report Date : MAR 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 40

Abstract : A computer simulation of triads was carried out with the aim of examining variables which may affect group members' satisfaction with the group decision and the group's difficulty in reaching the decision. These variables were: decision rules, relative similarity of the individual's position to the group decision, group concordance, and ego-involvement. The concept of ego-involvement in Sherif's social judgment theory of attitude change was examined as possible mechanism through which individual preference strengths influence the group decision. The results of the simulation were compared to experimental results obtained by Sung and Castore (1973). Differences and similarities in the findings are discussed and explained. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*DECISION MAKING, MATHEMATICAL MODELS), (*GROUP DYNAMICS, DECISION THEORY), COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, SIMULATION, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), INTERACTIONS, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE