Title: Evaluative meanings of adjectives invitro and in context - some theoretical implications and practical consequences of positive-negative asymmetry and behavioral-adaptive concepts of evaluation
Authors: Peeters, Guido # ×
Issue Date: 1992
Publisher: Belgian psychol soc
Series Title: Psychologica belgica vol:32 issue:2 pages:211-231
Abstract: Consistent with a theory stressing the behavioral-adaptive function of cognitive-affective biases, evaluative meanings of adjectives in isolation were found to reflect the meanings endorsed by the adjectives in positive rather than in negative contexts. Dramatic shifts of meaning were observed in negative contexts. However, those negative context effects seemed restricted to one specific evaluative dimension (good/bad for the self or ''self-profitability'') that was to be distinguished from another, more genuinely evaluative, dimension (good/bad for others or ''other-profitability''). The psychological relevance of both dimensions is established and practical implications regarding the construction and interpretation of evaluative rating scales are presented.
ISSN: 0033-2879
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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