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Title: Self Identity, Reference Group, and Attitude Change: A Test of a Reformulation and Extension of Social Judgement Theory.
Author: Agathangelou, A. M.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3399 1646
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 1974
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A concern for understanding the nature of the judgment process can be identified throughout modern psychology. Fechner (1850), in his interest in the relationship between the objective stimilus value and that which is subjectively perceived, was the first to systematically compare the viability and effects of a number of appropriate psychological methods for evaluating the discriminability of the individual. This early tradition has led to an extensive 'mapping' of the physical propensities of the individual, his thresholds and limits for discriminating across a variety of stimuli, both within, and across his sensory modalities. The ability to 'discriminate' has been considered the keystone to understanding the judgment process (this concept has indeed been identified as a crucial criterion of 'consciousness' itself, Boring 1937), and along with other pre-judgmental processes, as for example, 'categorisation', has come to be defined as a foundation stone on which more 'molar', yet fundamental, processes such as perception, judgment and cognition are defined. This has led, on the one hand, to a rather narrow tradition of studying those processes actively prior to the pre-judgmental processes themselves. The study of such processes as, for instance, 'awareness', 'recognition' and 'detection' leading to 'decision' has come to form a tradition now somewhat independent of that which concerns us most directly here. (2) This has attempted to relate the processes hypothesised to the properties of the physiological mechanisms which underly them.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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