Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Russell T. Hurlburt
Number of Pages
This study employed the descriptive experience sampling method to investigate inner experiences of seven fast talkers. Subjects who identified themselves as very fast talkers on a questionnaire then told a standardized story, during which their speech rate was measured. Subjects with high measured rates were then asked to use the descriptive experience sampling method to record inner experiences (thoughts, images, and feelings) in a notebook when randomly signaled by a programmed beeper. The subjects and investigators discussed each sample in detail. Salient characteristics were identified for each subject. Salient characteristics shared across subjects were identified: fast talkers samples were characterized by information in their inner experience at any one moment, including multiple experiences and inner images. Additionally, all of the subjects identified unsymbolized thinking as the most frequently occurring single characteristic. Emotional feelings were often experienced as mental events rather then bodily occurrences.
Descriptive; Experience; High; Individuals; Natural; Rates; Sampling; Speech
Cognitive psychology; Communication
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Koch, Margie G, "Descriptive experience sampling of individuals with high natural rates of speech" (1997). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3331.