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Exploring the temporal dynamics of social facilitation in the Stroop task

Sharma, Dinkar, Booth, Rob, Brown, Rupert, Huguet, Pascal (2010) Exploring the temporal dynamics of social facilitation in the Stroop task. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17 (1). pp. 52-58. ISSN 1531-5320. (doi:10.3758/PBR.17.1.52) (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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Abstract

The importance of social context in affecting attention has recently been highlighted by the finding that the presence of a passive, nonevaluative confederate can improve selective attention. The underlying mechanism, however, remains unclear. In this paper, we argue that social facilitation can be caused by distractor inhibition. Two distinct sources of evidence are provided from an experiment employing the Stroop task with and without social presence. First, analysis of the response time (RT) distribution indicates that interference is reduced at relatively long RTs. This is consistent with an inhibitory mechanism, whose effects build up slowly. Further support is provided by showing that social facilitation is prevented by using short response-to-stimulus intervals that are thought to reduce cognitive control processes.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3758/PBR.17.1.52
Additional information: number of additional authors: 3;
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Stewart Brownrigg
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 00:05 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:24 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/40432 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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