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Effects of subliminal priming of self and God on self-attribution of authorship for events

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Dijksterhuis, Ap; Preston, Jesse; Wegner, Daniel M.; Aarts, Henk

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Abstract Three studies investigated how subliminally primed thoughts of an agent prior to action can affect ascriptions of authorship for that action. Participants competed against a computer program to remove words from a computer screen. Participants reported greater feelings of authorship when primed with first person singular pronouns, and lower feelings of authorship when primed with “computer.” We also investigated whether authorship feelings could be affected by priming subjects with a supernatural agent (i.e., God). Feelings of authorship decreased when participants were primed with God, but only among believers.
Keywords attribution
Classification Social Psychology
Free Keywords Subliminal priming; Agency; Self
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 2-9
Journal Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44 (2007) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2007.01.003
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)
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