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An Exploratory Study of Word Associations of Negro College Students SAT

Belcher, Leon H.; Campbell, Joel T.
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ETS Research Bulletin
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African Americans, Association Measures, College Students, Psychological Studies, SAT, Word Lists


Two word association lists of 50 words were each administered to 50 Black college students. Forty-one words were taken from the Kent-Rosanoff list, 29 from the Palermo-Jenkins list, and 30 were words used in analogy items of the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Comparisons with previous normative studies showed generally similar results. The present study did result in slightly smaller proportions of matching from class primary responses to noun, pronoun, and adverb stimulus words, and of opposite responses to "opposite-evoking stimuli." A number of the responses indicated reading difficulty or misunderstanding of the word.

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