Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
John O'Connor, Randall Capps, Carley Dodd
Department of Communication
Master of Arts
Five-person continuing and zero-history groups solved sentence-completion problems in two communication networks: the comcon and the wheel. Oral communication was utilized and all problem solving sessions were tape recorded for analysis. Analysis of variance revealed that the comcon network was significantly faster that the wheel in completing the task. The continuing groups used significantly more messages than the zero-history groups in problem solving. A chi-square test indicated that the continuing groups also used significantly more "sociability" messages than the zero-history groups in solving the sentence-completion problems. Analysis of variance revealed that in both groups, subjects in the central position of the wheel network were more satisfied than the subjects in peripheral positions. No significant difference was found between continuing and zero-history groups in the amount of time required for problem solving.
Communication | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Sypher, Howard, "A Comparison of Zero-History & Continuing Groups in Two Communication Networks" (1976). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 2898.