Trinkaus -- An Informal Look (Part 6 of 10)

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Trinkaus -- An Informal Look (Part 6 of 10)

A glance at the colorful research of an under-publicized scientist

by Alice Shirrell Kaswell, with research assistance from Rachael Moeller Gorman

This page is but one part of a 10-part series. Click here to see the introduction and index of the article, with links to all the parts.


Out Which Way

Exits, and questions of quantification -- especially in the supermarket -- blazed forth as featured subjects of Trinkaus’s research in the early 90s. So, too, did cellular telephone use by drivers, the use of attaché case locks, and the puzzle of color preference in sport shoes. And there were, of course, other new topics added to the publication mix.

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(43) “Defining the Supermarket ‘Item’: An Informal Look,” J. Trinkaus, Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 71, August 1990, p. 350.

(44) “Exiting a Building: An Informal Look,” J. Trinkaus, Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 71, October 1990, p. 446.

(45) “Exiting: Another Look,” J. Trinkaus, Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 71, no. 3, part 2, December 1990, pp. 1317-8.

Confirmed J. Trinkaus’s (1990) study which showed that students preferred to exit via an open door. Most of about 102 persons per 201 train arrivals observed on 25 occasions chose an open vs a closed door to exit a train station.

(46) “Usage of Cellular Telephones: An Informal Look,” J. Trinkaus, Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 71, no. 3, part 2, December 1990, pp. 1375-6.

(47) “The Lodging Discount Coupon: An Informal Look,” J. Trinkaus, Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 72, February 1991, p. 18.

(48) “The Attaché Case Combination Lock: An Informal Look,” J. Trinkaus, Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 72, April 1991, p. 466.

(49) “Business Students’ Feelings About the Academy and Themselves: An Informal Look,” J. Trinkaus, Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 72, no. 2, April 1991, pp. 699-702.

(50) “Medications and Information for Patients: A Quick Look,” J. Trinkaus, Psychological Reports, vol. 68, no. 3, part 1, June 1991, pp. 911-4.

(51) “Color Preference in Sport Shoes: An Informal Look,” J. Trinkaus, Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 73, no. 2, October 1991, pp. 613-4.

659 of 1,937 women (34%) and 193 of 2,794 men (7%) observed at a railway terminal on 5 workdays were wearing sport shoes. Of them, 659 (34%) of the women and 152 (79%) of the men were wearing white sport shoes. It is unclear whether this predominance of white reflects a genuine preference for the color or merely mirrors the color range available. The greater incidence of women wearing sport shoes suggests that women’s business shoes may not be as comfortable for walking as men’s.

(52) “Changing Multiple-Choice Test Answers: An Informal Look,” J. Trinkaus, Psychological Reports, vol. 69, no. 3, part 1, December 1991, pp. 769-70.

442 undergraduates responded to the following question: Do you believe that changing your initial answers on a multiple-choice test will probably lower your score? ... Results are congruent with the findings of M. Greiger.

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This page is but one part of a 10-part series. Click here to see the introduction and index of the article, with links to all the parts.

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