Title: What do people infer from social comparisons? Bridges between social comparison and person perception
Authors: Hoorens, Vera ×
Van Damme, Carolien #
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Series Title: Social and Personality Psychology Compass vol:6 issue:8 pages:607-618
Abstract: Human judgment is basically comparative, with self-judgments in particular being based on social comparison. Not surprisingly, much research has focused on how self-comparisons shape comparers’ self-views on the specific comparison dimension. We argue that both comparers and observers may, and do, draw various other inferences and that they do so from both self-comparisons and other-comparisons. In both cases they may draw inferences from (a) the fact that social comparison has taken place, (b) the allocation of the target and referent roles, and (c) the stated relationship between the target and the referent. In order to show how exploring these inferences may lead social comparison research into new and exciting directions, we point out some unanswered questions about them.
ISSN: 1751-9004
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Social and Cultural Psychology
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