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Cognitive complexity-simplicity and predictive behavior

Cognitive complexity-simplicity and predictive behavior "A theoretical approach which conceives predictive behavior to be a function of one's perceptions of others is presented as a means of unifying certain empirical data ordinarily subsumed under the labels of social perception, empathy, or social sensitivity . . . . all these forms of behavior rest operationally upon the predictive behavior of the individual . . . [which] is assumed to be dependent upon the interpersonal discriminations or constructs which the individual invokes in making his predictions." Two major hypotheses are derived: (1) There should be a positive relationship between degree of cognitive complexity and predictive accuracy, and (2) there should be a negative relationship between cognitive complexity and assimilative projection. The hypotheses are tested by having Ss predict the behavior of classmates on a Situations Questionnaire. Both of the hypotheses are supported by the data. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Abnormal Psychology American Psychological Association

Cognitive complexity-simplicity and predictive behavior

Journal of Abnormal Psychology , Volume 51 (2): 6 – Sep 1, 1955

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Publisher
American Psychological Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1955 American Psychological Association
ISSN
0021-843X
eISSN
1939-1846
DOI
10.1037/h0043308
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Abstract

"A theoretical approach which conceives predictive behavior to be a function of one's perceptions of others is presented as a means of unifying certain empirical data ordinarily subsumed under the labels of social perception, empathy, or social sensitivity . . . . all these forms of behavior rest operationally upon the predictive behavior of the individual . . . [which] is assumed to be dependent upon the interpersonal discriminations or constructs which the individual invokes in making his predictions." Two major hypotheses are derived: (1) There should be a positive relationship between degree of cognitive complexity and predictive accuracy, and (2) there should be a negative relationship between cognitive complexity and assimilative projection. The hypotheses are tested by having Ss predict the behavior of classmates on a Situations Questionnaire. Both of the hypotheses are supported by the data.

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Journal of Abnormal PsychologyAmerican Psychological Association

Published: Sep 1, 1955

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