Document Type


Date of Degree Completion


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Experimental Psychology

Committee Chair

Maurice L. Pettit

Second Committee Member

Eldon E. Jacobsen

Third Committee Member

Roger Stewart

Fourth Committee Member

Colin Condit


The purpose of this study was to attempt to determine the influence of two variables, suggestibility and instructional set, upon the individual's performance in a serial learning task. The attempt was made to find whether it is the instructional set that affects the outcome of a serial learning task or whether it is suggestibility that is the primary variable. The approach to this problem was based upon past studies in three different areas of psychological research. These were the areas of set, serial learning, and suggestibility.