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dc.contributor.advisorBond, Charles, Jr.
dc.contributor.authorRichard, Francis Danielen_US
dc.identifierMicrofilm Diss. 799.en_US
dc.description.abstractResearch scientists view obvious research findings as ¿trivial.¿ Lay persons may not share this belief. Studies have shown that research results in social psychology considered obvious are also considered important. The current research investigated one possible explanation for lay judges' evaluations of research¿the use of an availability heuristic. Latencies to judge the obviousness and importance of social psychological research findings were examined, along with latencies to generate examples of these findings, subjective ratings of example generation ease, example recall, and number of examples generated. Results indicate that the judgments of obviousness are related to many measures of example generation ease and that importance judgments are related to one such measure. The relationship between the judged obviousness and importance of research cannot be fully explained by the ease with which examples of the research can be retrieved from memory. Implications for the dissemination of social psychological research to the lay public as well as the role of process information in judgment are discussed.
dc.format.extentvii, 144 leaves : illustrationsen_US
dc.format.mediumFormat: Printen_US
dc.relation.ispartofTexas Christian University dissertationen_US
dc.subject.lcshRecollection (Psychology)en_US
dc.subject.lcshSocial psychology--Researchen_US
dc.titlePursuing an availability-heuristic explanation of lay evaluations of social psychological research findingsen_US
dc.typeTexten_US of Psychology
local.collegeCollege of Science and Engineering
local.academicunitDepartment of Psychology
dc.identifier.callnumberMain Stacks: AS38 .R515 (Regular Loan)
dc.identifier.callnumberSpecial Collections: AS38 .R515 (Non-Circulating) of Philosophy Christian University

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