Social Information Processing and Survey Methodology

Paperback | September 1, 1987

EditorHans-J. Hippler, Norbert Schwarz, Seymour Sudman

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Survey researchers have long been aware that the way in which questions are asked determines the obtained responses. However, the exact processes that mediate response effects remained elusive. In the present volume, cognitive psychologists and survey methodologists explore the cognitive processes that underlie respondents' answers to survey questions. The contributors provide an introduction to information processing theories for survey researchers, review current knowledge of response effects in the light of recent theorizing in cognitive psychology, and report a number of experimental studies on question context and question wording. In combination, the chapters provide a theoretical framework for the analysis of response effects in surveys and raise a number of applied and theoretical issues that have so far not been addressed in cognitive psychology.

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Survey researchers have long been aware that the way in which questions are asked determines the obtained responses. However, the exact processes that mediate response effects remained elusive. In the present volume, cognitive psychologists and survey methodologists explore the cognitive processes that underlie respondents' answers to ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:231 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.27 inPublished:September 1, 1987Publisher:Springer New York

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ISBN - 10:038796570X

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Contents: Editors' Introduction.- Social Cognition and Social Reality: Information Acquisition and Use in the Laboratory and the Real World.- Information Processing Theory for the Survey Researcher.- Bipolar Survey Items: An Information Processing Perspective.- Answering Survey Questions: The Role of Memory.- Response Effects in Surveys.- Thinking, Judging, and Communicating: A Process Account of Context Effects in Attitude Surveys.- Attitude Measurement: A Cognitive Perspective.- What Response Scales May Tell your Respondents: Informative Functions of Response Alternatives.- Context Effects on Self-Perceptions of Interest in Government and Public Affairs.- Styles of Interviewing and the Social Context of the Survey-Interview.- Perspectives for Future Development.- About the Authors.