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You want to give a good impression? Be honest! Moral traits dominate group impression formation.

Brambilla, M, Sacchi, S, Rusconi, P, Cherubini, P and Yzerbyt, VY (2012) You want to give a good impression? Be honest! Moral traits dominate group impression formation. Br J Soc Psychol, 51 (1). pp. 149-166.

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Abstract

Research has shown that warmth and competence are core dimensions on which perceivers judge others and that warmth has a primary role at various phases of impression formation. Three studies explored whether the two components of warmth (i.e., sociability and morality) have distinct roles in predicting the global impression of social groups. In Study 1 (N= 105) and Study 2 (N= 112), participants read an immigration scenario depicting an unfamiliar social group in terms of high (vs. low) morality, sociability, and competence. In both studies, participants were asked to report their global impression of the group. Results showed that global evaluations were better predicted by morality than by sociability or competence-trait ascriptions. Study 3 (N= 86) further showed that the effect of moral traits on group global evaluations was mediated by the perception of threat. The importance of these findings for the impression-formation process is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Brambilla, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sacchi, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rusconi, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cherubini, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Yzerbyt, VYUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : March 2012
Identification Number : 10.1111/j.2044-8309.2010.02011.x
Uncontrolled Keywords : Altruism, Analysis of Variance, Attitude, Concept Formation, Female, Group Processes, Humans, Interpersonal Relations, Male, Morals, Personality, Random Allocation, Social Desirability, Social Perception, Young Adult
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Additional Information : This is the accepted version of the following article: Brambilla M, Sacchi S, Rusconi P, Cherubini P, Yzerbyt VY You want to give a good impression? Be honest! Moral traits dominate group impression formation. British Journal of Social Psychology 51(1):149-166, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.2044-8309.2010.02011.x
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 23 Sep 2014 10:26
Last Modified : 09 Nov 2014 02:33
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/805930

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