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Putting behavior on hold decreases reward value of need-instrumental objects outside of awareness

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Veling, Harm; Aarts, Henk

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Abstract We examined whether cues that put impulsive behavior towards rewarding objects on hold reduces the value of the rewarding objects outside of conscious awareness. We manipulated the reward value of water by making participants thirsty, or not. Next, a bottle of water was subliminally presented in a go/no-go task, and paired with either go cues or no-go cues (putting behavior on hold). Subsequently, as a measure of reward value of water, participants estimated the size of water objects. Results showed that repeatedly withholding behavior towards water reduced the perceived size of water objects, but only when participants were made thirsty. These results suggest that withholding impulsive behavior towards objects that serve basic needs nonconsciously reduces reward value of these objects. Implications for nonconscious behavior regulation are briefly discussed.
Classification Social Psychology
Free Keywords goals; reward; behavior regulation
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 1020-1023
Journal Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45 (2009) 4
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)