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Psychometric Patterns of the Wechsler-Bellevue Intelligence Scale Subtests as an Indicator of Schizophrenic Syndromes

Description: The specific objectives of this investigation are as follows: 1. To determine which half -- verbal half or performance half -- of the Wechsler-Bellevue Intelligence Test contributes most to total intelligence quotient for schizophrenics. 2. To determine whether any significant correlation exists between test scores and patterns of schizophrenics and normals. 3. To determine whether there exists any premature aging process in schizophrenics.
Date: August 1950
Creator: O'Dell, Perry L.
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A Study of Level of Aspiration and its Relationship to Other Personality Variables

Description: Previous studies on correlations dealing with level of aspiration have been few and inconclusive. The problem of the present study was to examine the degree of relationship between an individual's level of aspiration and other personality variables as measured by standardized tests.
Date: August 1964
Creator: Newell, James Archie
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Comparison of Delinquents and Non-Delinquents on a Delinquency Proneness Test

Description: The purpose of the present study was to develop further a semistructured nonverbal projective test to measure juvenile delinquency proneness. The goal in developing this test was to have a measure which would be free of the many limitations found in existing tests and scales of this nature.
Date: January 1965
Creator: Morgan, Joseph K.
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A Study of the Rigidity of Regional Boundaries as Found in Mental Retardates

Description: Previous studies on retardates with rigidity of boundaries phenomena have not been concerned with the presence of brain injury. The primary objective of this experiment was to ascertain the degree of difference in rigidity between brain injured and non-brain injured retardates.
Date: January 1965
Creator: Williams, Regnal Allen
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Differential Diagnostic Factors of the Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Test

Description: The primary purpose of the study is to evaluate the ability of the Bender Gestalt to differentiate between two groups of psychiatric patients. A second aspect of the study concerns itself with the ability of the Bender Gestalt to differentiate between psychiatric patients and normals.
Date: August 1966
Creator: Goff, Larry Vernon
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The Effects of Interpersonal Attraction on a Classroom Speaking Situation

Description: It was the purpose of this study to investigate the dynamics that exist in a classroom speaking situation. In particular, the study sought to explore the relationship of the speaker to his audience and how the quality of this relationship would affect the ability of the speaker to communicate.
Date: August 1966
Creator: Guernsey, Dennis B.
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Employer Attitude toward the Mentally Retarded - an Application of a Cognitive Theory of Attitude Structure

Description: It was the purpose of this study to investigate some of the factors related to employers' attitudes toward the hiring of a mentally retarded individual. More specifically, an attempt was made to answer the question, "Why do employers hold favorable or unfavorable attitudes toward the hiring of the retarded?"
Date: August 1966
Creator: Weinberger, Mary Ann
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A Study of Concept Formation as a Function of Measurable Intelligence

Description: The purpose of the present study was to evaluate several areas of agreement and disagreement as outlined by or suggested by given data related to concept formation and intelligence. For the purpose of this study, a concept was operationally defined as a response to a stimulus whereby that stimulus is defined as having a discernible parameter of meaning. The present study was also designed to investigate the probability that a concept is formed mechanically, as a function of an individual's ability to utilize his experience.
Date: January 1967
Creator: Ridge, Glyn Warren
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A Study of the Perceptual Factors which are Involved in Performance on the Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Test

Description: The purpose of the present study is to try to establish if perception is a determinate factor of performance on the Bender Gestalt Test. In a study which is attempting to determine the effects of perceptual factors as compared to motor factors on the Bender Gestalt Test, it would seem necessary to separate the two factors.
Date: June 1967
Creator: Walker, William Glenn
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The Draw-A-Person Technique as a Measure of Sexual Conflict

Description: Since much of the existing research which points to the low validity of the Draw-a-Person technique has used differentiation of diagnostic categories as a criterion, this study will be restricted to a consideration of the Draw-a-Person technique as a means for discriminating between a group of individuals who manifest conflicts in the area of sexual adjustment and a control group which does not show these conflicts in any appreciable amount.
Date: January 1968
Creator: Caspary, Arthur Courtney
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The Effects of Concrete, Symbolic, and Verbal Reinforcement of the Discrimination Learning of Moderately and Severely Retarded Boys

Description: The present study is an attempt to determine which of several different types of reinforcers is most effective in discrimination learning using institutionalized mentally retarded boys of different intellectual levels as subjects. If one type of reinforcement works more effectively in conditioning one level of institutionalized mentally retarded subject, then that type of reinforcement could be used to greater advantage in controlling behavior than some other, less effective kind of reinforcer.
Date: January 1968
Creator: Johnson, James E.
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The Effects of Music and Operant Conditioning on Gross Motor Activity of Profound Mental Retardates

Description: It has not yet been demonstrated that music can be used therapeutically with profoundly retarded children. One way these children might be helped to respond to music, and therapeutically benefit from it, would be to use operant conditioning in an effort to enhance gross motor activity and then progressively shape responses until more complex behavior patterns are formed. Once these children can respond motorically in the presence of musical stimuli, continuation of responding may be possible by pairing motor activity with musical stimuli. This experiment investigated the effects of operant conditioning and music on the motor activity of profoundly retarded children in an effort to determine the therapeutic usefulness of music with such children.
Date: January 1968
Creator: Addison, Max R.
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Humor Appreciation as a Means of Predicting Creative Individuals

Description: The problem of this thesis is the question of whether appreciation of humor is characteristic of adult creatives. Also, can the humor factor be a significant factor in the prediction of creative individuals? As a consequence of the theory and experimental evidence associated with the relationship between humor and creativity, the following hypothesis is formulated for further study: there is a significantly positive relationship between humor appreciation and creative ability.
Date: January 1968
Creator: Fallis, Frank D.
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An Investigation into Attitudes toward Death and Attempted Suicide

Description: It was the purpose of this investigation to add to the scientific knowledge of death and suicide and to present an exploratory investigation into the possibility of developing an attitudinal technique or scale of measuring responsiveness toward death, which has to do with how a person responds to his own death and the "death-instincts."
Date: January 1968
Creator: Cash, Larry M.
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The Relationship between Fear and Stereotyped versus Non-Stereotyped Tasks

Description: The exact properties of the interaction between emotional drives and other psychological phenomena is still a vastly unexplored field. The purpose of this paper will be to examine further the effects of one of these emotional drives, that of fear, on task performance, and to explore some of the theoretical conceptualizations already put forth regarding this interaction.
Date: January 1968
Creator: Sonntag, Norris P.
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The Relationship between Several Personality Variables and a Proposed Trait Model

Description: This thesis proposes three hypotheses: first, that persons with a high generalized expectancy for internal control of reinforcement will react to many of life's situations in a problem-solving or need-persistent way; second, that those persons high in the belief of external control will be more extra-punitive in their reactions to frustrating situations; third, that persons with a high belief in internal control of reinforcement are more ready to learn in chance situations.
Date: January 1968
Creator: Butler, Robert T.
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Success-Striving and Failure-Avoidant Aspiration Patterns of Institutionalized Mental Retardates

Description: The design of this experiment was developed to investigate the presence of success-striving and failure-avoidant motivational patterns in the level of aspiration behavior of retarded subjects. The primary objective of this study is to show that success-strivers are present in mentally retarded groups, even if in the minority.
Date: January 1968
Creator: Middleton, Charles B.
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Self-Concept and Dogmatism as Variables in the Prediction of Internal-External Reward Expectancies

Description: The problem of this study was to determine the relationship between the nature of an individual's self-concept and belief system to his orientation toward internal versus external control of reinforcement. This study was designed to investigate the relationship of two variables, self-concept and open versus closed belief system, to a third variable, locus of control.
Date: May 1968
Creator: Lamb, Kathy Whitaker
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