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Noticing the self: Implicit assessment of self-focused attention using word recognition latencies

Eichstaedt, Dr Jan and Silvia, Dr Paul J. (2003) Noticing the self: Implicit assessment of self-focused attention using word recognition latencies. [Preprint]

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Self-focused attention is difficult to measure. Two studies developed an implicit measure of self-focus based on word recognition latencies. Self-focused attention activates self-content, so self-focused people should recognize self-relevant words more quickly. Study 1 measured individual-differences in self-focused attention. People scoring high in private self-consciousness recognized self-relevant words more quickly. Study 2 manipulated objective self-awareness with a writing task. People who wrote about distinctive self-aspects (high self-awareness) recognized self-relevant words more quickly compared to people who wrote about a neutral topic (low self-awareness) and people who did no writing (control). The discussion considers implications for future research on self-focused attention.

Item Type:Preprint
Additional Information:In Press, SOCIAL COGNITION.
Keywords:self-awareness, self-focused attention, implicit assessment, word recognition
Subjects:Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Psychology > Social Psychology
ID Code:3272
Deposited By:Silvia, Dr Paul
Deposited On:14 Nov 2003
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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