Reduced Constituent Category Application in Surprising Combinations

Hutter, Russell R.C. and Crisp, Richard J. (2008) Reduced Constituent Category Application in Surprising Combinations. Journal of Social Psychology, 148 (2). pp. 247-251. ISSN 0022-4545. (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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In a previous study (R. R. C. Hutter & R. J. Crisp, 2005), the authors suggested that one way in which perceivers resolve the dilemma of shared membership of incongruent category combinations is by generating emergent attributes. However, the authors also found evidence that a corresponding process of reduced constituent facilitation occurs. In the present research, the authors aimed to isolate this phenomenon using a response-time methodology. Participants were exposed to subliminal unsurprising or surprising gender–occupation category-combination primes. The authors observed facilitation in overall response times on a subsequent lexical decision task to constituent attributes when the combination primed was unsurprising compared with surprising, but only for female and not for male combinations. The authors suggest that perceivers reduce their application of constituent attributes when processing surprising versus unsurprising combinations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: category combinations, facilitation, group membership, stereotype priming
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: C.A. Simms
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2008 13:35
Last Modified: 15 May 2014 13:38
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