Date of Award

4-1984

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Department

Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Edward Trembley

Second Advisor

Dr. William Carlson

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert Brashear

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate accuracy of response to affectively laden stimuli across visual, auditory, and kinesthetic representational systems. This research was undertaken to assess subjects' individual response patterns and to distinguish possible differences in accuracy of response which subjects reported across representational systems. Subjects' response accuracy was correlated with their response frequency in subjects' representational systems. Subjects most accurate representational system was, in turn, compared to subjects' personality type. Subjects were assessed by two instruments, a modified version of the Affective Sensitivity Scale and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

Relevant literature was reviewed related to human information processing systems, Neurolinguistic Programming theory and research, and personality theory and research.

The research design was three fold. First subjects' scores were classified by accuracy of scores obtained in their visual, auditory, and kinesthetic representational system. The t test for mean differences was calculated. In the second part the modified Affective Sensitivity Scale was scored for six variables: frequency of subjects' visual, auditory, and kinesthetic responses and accuracy of subjects' visual, auditory, and kinesthetic responses. The relationship between frequency and accuracy of subjects' responses were examined by means of a Pearson product-moment correlation. In the third part, subject's most accurate representational system was obtained and paired with subjects' personality type variables as determined by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator scores. Chi-square analyses were conducted for the four personality dimensions, Extroversion/Introversion, Sensing/Intuition, Thinking/Feeling, and Perceiving/Judging.

The following is a summary of results of this study: (1) Subjects displayed a significant difference between their most accurate and least accurate representational system (t test was employed, p .0001). (2) Subjects displayed no significant relationship between frequency and accuracy of representational system utilized (Pearson product-moment correlations p = ns). (3) No significant relationship was found between subjects' most accurate representational system and personality variables Extroversion/Introversion, Sensing/Intuition, Perceiving/Judging (Chi-square analysis p = ns). (4) A significant relationship was found between subjects' most accurate representational system and personality variable thinking/feeling (Chi-square analysis p .01).

This study concludes there is need for additional research related to representational systems. Further analysis of the variables of accuracy, frequency, and personality as they relate to representational systems is encouraged.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access

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