Re: A proper introduction
Wed, 1 May 1996 13:20:02 -0400


For some time I have wanted to administer coordinate grids to people with
hearing impairments. Before she died, my daughter wore hearing aides. I have
taught several deaf students. I wonder how the structure of their constructs
might differ as a function of language (verbal versus sign).I am also
interested in how people cope with their hearing problems. I have heard a
constant loud ringing in my left ear for over ten years now (tinnitus). Music
no longer sounds good and there are many sounds I can not hear. It is hard
for most people to imagine what that does to a person. There is a tinnitus
organization in the USA. They may be interested in developing a PCP study
with you on this subject.

Concerning gender studies. Many years ago I developed a grid for studying
this. Have participants rate grids composed of an equal number of both men
and women. Make the order that these elements are presented on the grid
random. Analyze the grid as a whole first, then break it down into two grids-
one of female elements, one of male. I found that factor structures often
differed between the male versus female grids and the whole grid obscured
these differences. What is more, the people completing the grids never
realized that I was studying the ways they differentiated men and women. This
could be useful in studying any group's perceptions of men and women,
including feminists and others who may claim to be unbiased.

Good luck in your endeavors.