Accession Number : ADP001594

Title :   Cognitive Complexity and Task Demand as Joint Indicators of Behavioral Reliability,


Personal Author(s) : Fineberg,Michael L. ; Swezey,Robert W.

Report Date : 16 NOV 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : Based upon the cognitive complexity literature, given the existence of serious behavioral reliability problems, it appears appropriate to investigate this area as follows: (1) Operationally define and measure both behavioral reliability and cognitive style; (2) Empirically explore the relationship between behavioral reliability and cognitive style as a function of task demand. We propose to operationally define behavioral reliability as a function of the numbers of appropriate decisions made within the context of job task simulation scenarios. In order to empirically explore the relationships mentioned above, we are now in the process of developing a microcomputer-based, decision assessment simulation which can be readily adapted to this requirement. Through this approach, we hope to establish a conceptual link between the inherent cognitive style an individual uses to input, organize, and act on information and his overall behavioral reliability in regard to a specific job. We also are able to descern the effects of information rate on this relationship.

Descriptors :   *Behavior, Technicians, Reliability, Cognition, Information processing, Decision making

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