Date of Graduation
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
The present study examined interactive behaviors in older adults (N = 80 individuals). The main goal of the current study was to examine the process of collaboration and how the interactive process related to the collaborative outcome. Three research questions were addressed. First, did partners exhibit similar levels of interactive behavior or did collaborative behaviors vary by partner familiarity, performance order, or sex? Second, to what extent did individual variables predict interactive behaviors? Finally, how were the dyadic interactive behaviors related to the outcome of the collaboration? The proportion of interactive behaviors varied based on performance order and partner familiarity. In addressing the second specific aim of this study, it was found that performance order, partner familiarity, and partner characteristics were predictive of select interactive behaviors. The third aim of the current study suggests that performance order, partner familiarity, and partner's interactive behaviors were significant predictors of the collaborative outcome.
Kimbler, Kristopher J., "Effective verbal behaviors during cognitive collaboration by older adult partners" (2004). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 783.