A Powerful Vision: Power Affects Visual Search Behavior

Guinote, Ana and Reese, G. and Wilkinson, David T. (2009) A Powerful Vision: Power Affects Visual Search Behavior. Psicologia, 13 (1). pp. 127-148. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Preliminary studies indicate that being in a powerful or powerless position affects the individual’s ability to focus on task relevant information. In the present study, we examined which components of attention are affected by power using visual search paradigms. In three studies, participants were first primed with power or powerless, and then performed visual search tasks. In these tasks the contribution of top-down and bottom-up attentional guidance was manipulated by altering either the physical or semantic similarity between target and distracters. The results indicate that social power affects the speed of visual search. Furthermore, these effects derive from differences in top-down, but not bottom-up, components of attention, and occur both when targets are discriminated on the basis of perceptual as well as semantic properties.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: David Wilkinson
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2011 16:04
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 13:38
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/27871 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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