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Modern Psychological Studies

Periodical Title

Modern Psychological Studies

Volume

8

Number

1

Page Numbers

pages 16-20

Department

Dept. of Psychology

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Date

2001

Abstract

The effect of question phrasing on speed estimation is assessed by means of two rating systems, a verbal rating scale (VRS) and a visual analogue scale (VAS). Subjects were asked to watch a short video depicting the scene of a car accident and then answer a short memory test concerning the video. The test contained the question, "About how fast was the car going when the crash occurred?" Other subjects received the word "fender-bender" or "impact" in place of the word "crash". Subjects were asked to estimate speed using either a verbal rating or a visual analogue scale. Results indicated that using a visual analogue scale elicited a higher speed estimate than using a verbal rating measure. The highest speed estimate was given with the word crash and the visual analogue scale, p<.05. No significant difference was found due to the phrasing of the question alone.

Subject

Psychology--Periodicals

Discipline

Psychology

Document Type

articles

Extent

5 leaves

Language

English

Call Number

BF1 .M63 v. 8 no. 1 2001

Rights

Under copyright.

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Psychology Commons

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