Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


This project served two purposes: To explore how students' tolerance of change as measured by the KAI translated into patterns of major changing in the WPI Class of 2001 and to explore the psychometrics of cognitive style as measured by three indicators, the KAI, GCSI, and MBTI. Data on perceptions of majors was obtained through a survey. A data set of cognitive types (MBTI and GCSI) was available. The KAI had to be administered. It was found that GCSI Integrators and MBTI Introverts were least likely to change majors. An unexpectedly powerful correlation was found between the KAI and J/P dimension (MBTI). There was no relationship between remote association and the KAI, despite theory-based hypotheses to the contrary.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2000

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies