Could you mind your language? An investigation of communicators’ ability to inhibit linguistic bias.

Douglas, K.M. and Sutton, R.M. and Wilkin, K. (2008) Could you mind your language? An investigation of communicators’ ability to inhibit linguistic bias. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 27 (2). pp. 123-139. ISSN 0261-927X . (Full text available)

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Abstract

Three experiments that examine communicators' ability to inhibit linguistic bias are reported. Research has shown that communicators use more abstract language ( e. g., "Jamie is affectionate" vs. "Jamie kisses Rose") to describe more expected behavior. Recent research has shown that this bias may be overwhelmed by goals to put a "spin" on actions or to manipulate audiences' impressions of actors. Similarly, the present experiments show that people who wish to communicate without bias may often be able to do so. Inhibition occurred when participants selected descriptions from a list of alternatives and when they freely described both expected and unexpected behaviors. However, inhibition failed when participants were asked to freely describe either expected or unexpected behaviors alone.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: linguistic category model; linguistic intergroup bias; inhibition; self-regulation; motivation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Karen Douglas
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2008 13:49
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2014 17:20
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4243 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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