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Suggestion, perception, reality: A study into the relationship between suggestion and the reality it may produce.
by Whippo, Scott D., M.A., Gonzaga University, 2015, 56; 1589528
Abstract (Summary)

Suggestion is a part of communication that cannot be stripped from or be considered separate from verbal and nonverbal communication. It is through the need to view the communication processes from a complete understanding that this study investigated the possible influence that suggestion may have on an individual’s perception of reality. The existing literature was reviewed with various results from different researchers, however, much of the literature supported previous research done by Spanos et al. (1984) and Bartels et al. (2006). Their research showed some indications that suggestion, and possibly priming may have an influence on an individual’s perception. Using their research as a starting point this study developed a mixed-method approach in order to test some aspects of their research. Ten volunteers participated in a mixed-methods experiment. A Factorial Design of 2 x 2 enabled a testing of two treatments at the same time. The participants were tested for level of suggestibility using the Stanford Scale and were then divided into one of four groups. Groups consisted of high or low suggestible participants who were treated with a suggestion or priming words to determine their level of discomfort when their arm was placed in ice water. The results were measured on a scale from one to ten.

The ANOVA showed no statistical difference in the groups. However, the number of individuals who were unable to complete the testing was all in the high suggestibility group and it appeared that individuals in the priming group, both high and low suggestible, had the greatest reduction in discomfort relative to their baseline.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Caputo, John S., Givens, David B.
School: Gonzaga University
Department: Communication and Leadership
School Location: United States -- Washington
Source: MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Communication, Physiological psychology
Keywords: Communication, Perception, Priming, Reality, Suggestibility, Suggestion
Publication Number: 1589528
ISBN: 978-1-321-77212-8
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