Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree Completion

1967

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Experimental Psychology

Committee Chair

Eldon E. Jacobsen

Second Committee Member

Roger Stewart

Third Committee Member

Richard B. Morris

Abstract

The present study was designed to examine whether the conservatism present in a Bayesian probability situation could be partially attributable to the sex of the subjects performing the task. The experimental design required that the subjects estimate the probabilities of occurrence of two independent events. They were then given an opportunity to revise their estimates as additional information was experimentally introduced into the situation. These estimates were compared to estimates calculated from Bayes’ theorem.

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