Title

Changes in Language Style in Response to Performance Feedback

Date

5-29-2014 9:00 AM

End Time

29-5-2014 11:00 AM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Psychology

Session Chair

David Foster

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences Poster Session 1

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Dr. David Foster

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

We explored the effects of feedback on individual language style during a group problem solving task. Participants in eighty, three-person groups rank ordered various items in terms of their importance for survival in the wilderness; both individually and as a group. After the first task, group members received positive, negative, or neutral feedback. Analyses showed that group members receiving negative feedback increased their use of first person singular pronouns and decreased their use of prepositions. In contrast, group members receiving positive feedback increased their use of first person plural pronouns and prepositions but decreased their use of insight words. Implications will be discussed.

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May 29th, 9:00 AM May 29th, 11:00 AM

Changes in Language Style in Response to Performance Feedback

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

We explored the effects of feedback on individual language style during a group problem solving task. Participants in eighty, three-person groups rank ordered various items in terms of their importance for survival in the wilderness; both individually and as a group. After the first task, group members received positive, negative, or neutral feedback. Analyses showed that group members receiving negative feedback increased their use of first person singular pronouns and decreased their use of prepositions. In contrast, group members receiving positive feedback increased their use of first person plural pronouns and prepositions but decreased their use of insight words. Implications will be discussed.