Impairment of executive ability following a social category prime

Turner, Rhiannon N. and Forrester, Rachael and Mulhearne, Brendan and Crisp, Richard J. (2005) Impairment of executive ability following a social category prime. Current Research in Social Psychology, 11 (3). pp. 29-38. ISSN 1088-7423. (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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Previous research has found evidence for a behavioural assimilation effect (Bargh, Chen, & Burrows, 1996) where the priming of a social category leads participants to behave in line with the stereotypes or associated traits of that social category. The current study investigated the effect of priming psychology students with the category "neuropsychological patient" on their subsequent executive function abilities. Fifty-nine participants were randomly assigned to one of three conditions; participants received a neuropsychological patient prime, a beach scene prime or no prime. Following the prime, participants completed the Tower of Hanoi task, which is frequently used to assess executive function among those with neuropsychological disorders. As predicted, participants in the neuropsychological patient prime condition showed behavioural assimilation, performing significantly worse on the Tower of Hanoi task than participants in either control condition. We discuss the implications of observing behavioral assimilation effects in this new domain.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Magali Barnoux
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2008 17:53
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