The Effect of Question Wording on the Resolution of Visual Ambiguity

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Talibon, Meredithe
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2011-05-14T05:39:53Z
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ambiguity , ambiguous picture , visual ambiguity , question wording
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Ambiguity is valuable because it can lead to new insights which arise from a shift in perspective. In order to evaluate how visual ambiguity is resolved, college students were shown an ambiguous picture and asked to respond to one of three questions. These three questions varied in sentence structure, and they assessed the students' ability to identify whether the ambiguous picture had one of two components, two of two components, or two independent components which form one cohesive unit. Contrary to the researchers' hypothesis, the way in which the questions were worded did not influence how quickly ambiguity was resolved.
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