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Effects of action potential on overt behaviour

On the basis of the Rosen and Komorita findings demonstrating high correlations between Action Potential (AP) and Behavioural Criterion (BC), it was hypothesized that Ss who scored low, medium, and high on the AP index will also score low, medium, and high in their overt behaviour, respectively. Two hundred and eighty-four Ss from California State University (Northridge) participated in this study. Ss were classified as low, medium, and high on three assessed variables: (1) Action Potential(AP),(2) Internal-•External Scale (IE), and (3) Anomie Scale (A). The AP index consisted of measures of intention to act (I) and perceived effectiveness of act ion (E) and "was obtained by weighting each response to the I scale with the effectiveness rating for that item, and summing the product across all items." (Rosen and Komorita,1971, p.193). The IE scale as developed by Rotter, differentiates people who believe what happens to them is contingent on their own behaviour and those who feel that what happens to them is determined by chance or forces outside their control. Srole's A scale measures the individual's perception of social environment and his place in this environment.

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