Semester of Degree Completion


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Thesis Director

Randall H. Best


The study investigated aspects of a communications model of psychotherapy advanced by Grinder and Bandler. Subjects were thirty male and female undergraduate introductory psychology students at Eastern Illinois University during the summer of 1977. The subjects ranked a set of tape recorded statements for "understandability". These statements were presented in visual, auditory, and kinesthetic representational modes. Subject ratings provided a measure of which representational modes communicated most effectively to them. Three independent judges rated transcripts of recorded samples of the subject's actual language usage to determine the representational modes utilized by the subjects. Analysis of the ratings resulted in a confirmation of the experimental hypothesis that subjects would display a primary representational mode, while the hypothesis that subject preference and observed usage would be the same was not confirmed.