This research utilizes implementation of classic methods for systematic data collection using the medium of the Internet to investigate the idea of culture as a shared cognitive semantic structure. We used the material domain of automobile manufacturer brand names to investigate our intuition that a shared understanding exists within the American culture and is pervasive across a diversity of demographic groups. Semantic structure information for 48 automobile manufacturer brand names was obtained using two association tasks (free-list and pile-sort) for a sample of 927 English-speaking United States residents recruited from online sources. Using this data, we estimate the shared structure of perceived similarity among automobile brands within the sampled population, and investigate the extent to which this structure reflects a cultural consensus, which is shared across demographic groups. Employing multidimensional scaling methods, we explore the properties of this structure and provide our interpretation in terms of known brand attributes. Via an additional instrument, we also measure subjects' tendency to infer that novel information regarding one brand will be causally relevant for assessing the properties of other brands. We use this data to test the hypothesis that closely associated brands are seen as causally relevant, net of objective factors such as ownership by the same firm.
Major findings include the following: (i) a comparison of semantic structures on the semantic domain of automobile brand names among subjects shows strong consensus with little variation across demographic groups, (ii) the different elicitation methods give strong convergent results, (iii) the detectable properties in determining semantic structure are region of origin and perceived brand luxuriousness, and (iv) the semantic structure of automobile brand names shows weak correlation between closely associated brands and causal relevancy.
These results show that knowledge of the domain of automobile manufacturer brand names is representative of a systemic pattern with significant cultural investment, and that administration of cognitive association methods via an Internet-based instrument is appropriate for measuring these less intuitive domains and are adequate for producing large and diverse samples across vast geographic distances.
Namanh, H (2020). Shared Semantic Structures for Automobile Brands among U.S. Residents. Afribary.com: Retrieved January 24, 2021, from https://afribary.com/works/shared-semantic-structures-for-automobile-brands-among-u-s-residents
Hoang, Namanh. "Shared Semantic Structures for Automobile Brands among U.S. Residents" Afribary.com. Afribary.com, 18 Dec. 2020, https://afribary.com/works/shared-semantic-structures-for-automobile-brands-among-u-s-residents . Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.
Hoang, Namanh. "Shared Semantic Structures for Automobile Brands among U.S. Residents". Afribary.com, Afribary.com, 18 Dec. 2020. Web. 24 Jan. 2021. < https://afribary.com/works/shared-semantic-structures-for-automobile-brands-among-u-s-residents >.
Hoang, Namanh. "Shared Semantic Structures for Automobile Brands among U.S. Residents" Afribary.com (2020). Accessed January 24, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/shared-semantic-structures-for-automobile-brands-among-u-s-residents