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On the road to self-perception: interpretation of self-behaviors can be altered by priming

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In 3 experiments, some participants read a story describing ambiguously mean behaviors performed by another person. Other participants read the story and imagined that they performed the behaviors. Results showed that (a) exposure to a conceptual priming manipulation caused assimilation effects in actor meanness judgments, regardless of whether the actor was self or other, (b) tasks designed neither to heighten self-concept accessibility nor to threaten the self moderated the effects of conceptual meanness primes on self-meanness judgments, and (c) this lack of moderation occurred despite considerable evidence of self–enhancement effects elsewhere in self-judgments. A fourth experiment examined the extent to which priming affected interpretations of real self or other behavior. Results were consistent with the idea that priming altered event interpretation and subsequent judgments but also suggested that judgments were influenced by self-enhancement motivation. Implications of the results for theorizing in personality and self-knowledge acquisition are discussed.

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Skowronski, John J., Sedikides, Constantine, Heider, Jeremy D., Wood, Sarah E. and Scherer, Cory R. (2010) On the road to self-perception: interpretation of self-behaviors can be altered by priming Journal of Personality, 78, (1), pp. 362-391. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-6494.2009.00619.x).

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Published date: January 2010

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Local EPrints ID: 72404
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/72404
ISSN: 0022-3506
PURE UUID: fcb04f7f-7d78-4e65-ae7b-fb12dd11d3d0

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Date deposited: 12 Feb 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:54

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Author: John J. Skowronski
Author: Jeremy D. Heider
Author: Sarah E. Wood
Author: Cory R. Scherer

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