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Author Denton, Ashley Waggoner, author

Title Understanding the role of perceiver control in impression formation : an experimental approach using ecologically valid materials / Ashley Waggoner Denton
Published London : SAGE Publications Ltd, 2018
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Series SAGE Research Methods. Cases
SAGE Research Methods. Cases
Summary Experimental research allows us to determine the effect that an independent (or manipulated) variable has on a dependent (or measured) variable. In the research described here, we manipulated the degree of control that a perceiver (someone who is forming an impression of a target) has over the type and/or amount of target information they are provided with to examine the impact of perceiver control on the impression formation process. Would two perceivers, each receiving the exact same information about a target, potentially form different impressions if one perceiver had actively chosen the information (active perceiver) and the other was just passively viewing it (passive perceiver)? This case study provides a behind-the-scenes look at the initial experiment we conducted to answer this question, using Facebook profiles as our target stimuli. I also briefly describe the two follow-up studies we conducted to better understand why active and passive perceivers differed along certain aspects of their impressions. I reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of each experiment, as well as on the pros and cons of using ecologically valid stimuli, such as Facebook profiles. I end with a brief discussion on the importance of replication and the benefits of establishing a programmatic line of research
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Control (Psychology)
First impression (Psychology)
Information behavior.
Perception -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1526449196
9781526449191 (ebook)