Smart and easy: Co-occurring activation of spontaneous trait inferences and spontaneous situational inferences
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SourceJournal of Experimental Social Psychology, 39, 5, (2003), pp. 434-447
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SubjectBehaviour Change and Well-being
Social perceivers have been shown to draw spontaneous trait inferences (STI's) about the behavior of an actor as well as spontaneous situational inferences (SSI's) about the situation the actor is in. In two studies, we examined inferences about behaviors that allow for both an STI and an SSI. In Experiment 1, using a probe recognition paradigm, we found activation of both STI's and SSI's. In Experiment 2, using a relearning paradigm, we again found activation of both STI's and SSI's, regardless of temporarily activated processing goals. Results are discussed in light of three-stage models of the process of social inference.
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