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The return of dispositionalism: On the linguistic consequences of dispositional suppression

Geeraert, N and Yzerbyt, VY and Corneille, O and Wigboldus, D (2004) 'The return of dispositionalism: On the linguistic consequences of dispositional suppression.' Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 40 (2). pp. 264-272. ISSN 0022-1031

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Yzerbyt, Corneille, Dumont, and Hahn (2001) showed that the correction of dispositional inferences does not only involve a close examination of situational constraints but also the suppression of those dispositional inferences. Building on the literature of mental control (Wegner, 1994; Wenzlaff & Wegner, 2000) and the Linguistic Category Model (Semin & Fiedler, 1988), we reasoned that participants induced to correct their dispositional attribution by being exposed to a forced speaker would subsequently use more abstract (i.e., dispositional) language to describe social behaviors than participants first confronted with a free speaker. We thus argue that dispositional suppression may result in a procedural rebound. As expected, participants selected more disposition-laden descriptors for pictorially presented behaviors after the suppression of dispositional thoughts (Experiment 1) or after having seen a forced rather than a free speaker (Experiment 2). These findings are discussed in the context of current theoretical accounts of the correspondence bias and suppressional rebound.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Attribution; Disposition; Inference; Correspondence bias; Error; Suppression; Procedural; Rebound; Linguistic; Language
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2013 08:50
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 01:06

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