Automatic and ironic behavior are both mediated by changes in the self-concept

Wyer, Natalie A. ORCID:, Neilens, Helen, Perfect, Timothy J. and Mazzoni, Giuliana (2011) Automatic and ironic behavior are both mediated by changes in the self-concept. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47 (6). pp. 1300-1303. ISSN 0022-1031

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Recent accounts suggest that prime-to-behavior effects are mediated by changes to the active self-concept. Likewise, recent reports of post-suppression behavioral rebound have attributed changes to behavior to changes in the self-concept. According to such accounts, whenever an activated trait or stereotype can be easily incorporated into the active self, behavioral assimilation (i.e., behavior consistent with the activated concept) is likely to ensue. Yet, little evidence has emerged to directly support the mediating role of changes to the self-concept. The present research was designed to examine whether changes to the active self-concept are responsible for changes in behavior following stereotype suppression and priming. Participants who suppressed or were primed with stereotypes of the elderly were more likely to endorse stereotypic traits as self-descriptive and to behave in stereotypic ways. Critically, the former effect significantly mediated the latter. Implications for theories of concept activation and behavior are discussed. (C) 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: stereotype suppression,priming,behaviour,active self
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Developmental Science
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Cognition, Action and Perception
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Social Cognition Research Group
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 01:42
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 02:27
DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2011.05.008

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