Social Information Processing and Survey Methodology

  • Hans-J. Hippler
  • Norbert Schwarz
  • Seymour Sudman

Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Hans-J. Hippler, Norbert Schwarz, Seymour Sudman
    Pages 1-5
  3. Hans-J. Hippler, Norbert Schwarz
    Pages 102-122
  4. Roger Tourangeau
    Pages 149-162
  5. Wil Dijkstra, Johannes van der Zouwen
    Pages 200-211
  6. Seymour Sudman
    Pages 212-219
  7. Hans-J. Hippler, Norbert Schwarz, Seymour Sudman
    Pages 220-223

About this book


Survey researchers have long been aware that the way in which questions are asked determines the obtained responses. However, the exact processes that mediate response effects remained elusive. In the present volume, cognitive psychologists and survey methodologists explore the cognitive processes that underlie respondents' answers to survey questions. The contributors provide an introduction to information processing theories for survey researchers, review current knowledge of response effects in the light of recent theorizing in cognitive psychology, and report a number of experimental studies on question context and question wording. In combination, the chapters provide a theoretical framework for the analysis of response effects in surveys and raise a number of applied and theoretical issues that have so far not been addressed in cognitive psychology.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Hans-J. Hippler
    • 1
  • Norbert Schwarz
    • 2
  • Seymour Sudman
    • 3
  1. 1.Zentrum für Umfragen, Methoden und AnalysenMannheimGermany
  2. 2.Psychologisches InstitutUniversität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  3. 3.Departments of Business Administration and Sociology, Survey Research LaboratoryUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-96570-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-4798-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-7532
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