Accession Number : AD0805392

Title :   MULTIDIMENSIONAL SCALING AND COGNITION: III. THREAT EVALUATION AND SUBJECTIVE ORGANIZATION OF SIMULATED RAIDS.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Cliff, Norman

Report Date : DEC 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : Officers completing the CIC Watch Officers course judged the similarity in threat value of simulated air raids presented on slides of the CIC vertical plot. They also judged the threat of single raids and indicated the actions they would take to counter them. The presentation differed from an earlier study in that the order in which the paired raids were presented was one designed to bias the judgments toward one of the criteria for judgment. One purpose was the assessment of the degree to which this was successful; the second was to investigate the way in which action-decisions and judgements of threat related to the dimensions derived from the similarity judgements. Some differences of the kind expected were found in the multidimensional structure, but their magnitude was small. Overall threat judgements and action decisions were highly dependent upon the position of the raid in the multidimensional structure. This was taken as indicating that the individual has a single structure of relations among a set of stimuli which he uses in the way appropriate to a given task. (Author)

Descriptors :   *THREAT EVALUATION), (*DECISION MAKING, PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS, WEAPONS.

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE