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Neuro-Linguistic Programming
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Radl M C: Predicate identification and predicate matching: determining if it makes a difference. Dissertation Abstracts International 46(10), 3625-B University of Colorado at Boulder (Pub = AAC8528517): 247, 1985.

Abstract: The purpose of this study was twofold. The first part of the study was to determine whether subjects who reported themselves as auditorially, kinesthetically, or visually oriented could be identified as one of these representational systems by their use of predicates. The second purpose was to determine the effects of matching or mismatching predicates. Two self-evaluation methods were designed which attempted to identify subjects as auditorially, kinesthetically, or visually oriented; and two structured interviews were designed to determine subjects' use of predicates. Thirty-seven high school seniors participated; and three peer counselors from the same school were selected to interview the subjects and collect the completed self-evaluations. Interviews were rated for their auditorially, kinesthetically, and visually oriented predicates by three independent raters. Other variables included in the ratings of the second interview included: (1) length of responses; (2) requests for clarification; and, (3) signs of discomfort (seconds of pause, laughter, and utterances). Data were analyzed using one-and two-way analysis of variance and Chi-Square. All of the null hypotheses were accepted. Subjects were not able to be identified as auditorially, kinesthetically, or visually oriented by their use of predicates, and matching or mismatching predicates did not have the effects predicted by the NLP meta-model. Matching and mismatching predicates did not produce the expected effects on the other variables investigated in this study including: length of responses, requests for clarification, and signs of discomfort (pauses, laughter, and utterances), and in general, the study lent support for a stimulus- response theory rather than the NLP meta-model. It is recommended that future research into predicate identification and predicate matching not be pursued unless other variables from the NLP meta-model such as eye accessing movements are combined with the predicate identification and matching. Predicate identification and predicate matching by themselves are not sufficient.

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