Accession Number : ADA953828

Title :   A Behavioral and Physiological Approach to the Study of Group Interaction.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL BOSTON MA

Personal Author(s) : Shapiro,D. ; Leiderman,P. H.

Report Date : DEC 1961

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : This paper describes an attempt to establish methods for the study of social behavior utilizing both behavioral and physiological techniques. The behavioral techniques stem from previous research in which subjects in small groups learn to interact with one another in pre-determined ways. The physiological techniques derive from research with the Galvanic Skin Potential (GSP) basal level as an index of alerting or arousal. The general question in this paper asks whether behavioral and physiological responses vary under different conditions of reinforcement in group situations. What is the relationship between these two response systems as the situation is varied experimentally?

Descriptors :   *Group dynamics, *Behavior, *Physiology, Measurement, Behavioral science, Galvanic skin response, Stimuli, Response, Conditioned response, Psychophysiology, Psychomotor tests

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE