Judgments of warmth and competence in a computerized paradigm: Little evidence of proposed impression formation asymmetries

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Much of what we know concerning impression formation is based on experimental methods where the participant receives a list of traits or behaviors and is asked to make trait judgments or meta-cognitive judgments. The present study aimed to put some well-known effects from the impression formation literature to a test in a more dynamic computerized environment, more akin to many real world impression formation scenarios. In three studies participants were introduced to multiple target persons. They were given information about the target persons’ behavior, one at a time, while making ratings of their warmth and competence, and their probability of performing related behaviors in the future. In neither of the studies the negativity effect of warmth or the positivity effect of competence were reproduced.


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  • Kristianstad University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Psychology


  • impression formation, trait inferences, warmth, competence
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr 7
Publication categoryResearch