Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Document Type


Date of this Version



Thesis (M. Ed.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1967. Department of Educational Psychology and Measurements.


Copyright 1967, the author. Used by permission.


The purpose of this study was to investigate first, whether a man can adapt his presentation to an audience so that he will be judged favorably by that audience, and second, to what extent set determines how a communication is interpreted.

More specifically, this study was to determine whether an inmate manipulator would progressively alter his presentations in a series of talks in an attempt to be judged more sincere by his audiences; whether an inmate who reveals his ideas as accurately as possible without adjusting to what he thinks the audience wants to hear would be able to convince that audience of his sincerity; and whether students from various communities would have different pre-formed attitudes toward the project situation and the ideas presented during the program.

Advisor: Donald O. Clifton