Title: Relational information-processing and the implicit personality concept
Authors: Peeters, Guido # ×
Issue Date: Apr-1991
Publisher: Adrsc-assoc diffusion recherches sciences cognitives
Series Title: Cahiers de psychologie cognitive-current psychology of cognition vol:11 issue:2 pages:259-278
Abstract: A theoretical model is presented dealing with how perceivers form simultaneous impressions of A and B's personalities as a function of how A and B relate to themselves and to each other. The model implies that the same relational information can be processed following two independent cognitive programs: (a) the SO program that produces a personalized discourse anchored on the concepts 'self' and 'other', and (b) the 3P program that produces a depersonalized discourse anchored on categories associated with the third pronominal person. Previous research having shown a strong subjective bias using the SO program, five experiments were set up in order to test the hypothesis that perceivers switch towards the 3P program if 3P related categories are made more salient in the stimulus information. The hypothesis was confirmed when perceivers were required to form impressions about the tastes and preferences of A and B, but the SO bias persisted if the impressions concerned A and B's personalities. The conclusion drawn is that the implicit personality concept is semantically connected with the SO program. The only way to make perceivers processing information about personality consistent with the depersonalized 3P program was to explain the 3P rationale. The effect of this explanation was still observed after a delay of one year.
ISSN: 0249-9185
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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