Butler-Tindell, M. (1994). A study of relationships among perceptual modality dominance and choice of college major (Doctoral dissertation, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 1994). Dissertation Abstracts International, 56(04A), 1227A.
This study focused on the relationships among advanced students’ perceptual learning styles(s) and their college major. The Multi-Modal Paired Associates Learning Test, Revised (MMPALT II) was used to assess seven individual perceptual modalities: print, aural, interactive, visual, haptic, kinesthetic and olfactory.
A total of 40 subjects participated in this study, 10 from each of the following academic programs: Architecture, Engineering, Social Work, and Human Performance and Sports Studies. All subjects had obtained senior status and were expected to graduate shortly.
Deans and/or Department Heads representing each of the four majors studied were interviewed and asked to predict the dominant perceptual learning styles of students in their academic areas. These predictions were used to answer the question, "Are the patterns of dominance exhibited by seniors in a given major what we expect?"
This study results in the following findings: