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Effects of asymmetric questions on impression formation: A trade-off between evidence diagnosticity and frequency

Sacchi, S, Rusconi, P, Bonomi, M and Cherubini, P (2014) Effects of asymmetric questions on impression formation: A trade-off between evidence diagnosticity and frequency Social Psychology, 45 (1). pp. 41-53.

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Abstract

When examining social targets, people may ask asymmetric questions, that is, questions for which “yes” and “no” answers are neither equally diagnostic nor equally frequent. The consequences of this information-gathering strategy on impression formation deserve empirical investigation. The present work explored the role played by the trade-off between the diagnosticity and frequency of answers that follow asymmetric questions. In Study 1, participants received answers to symmetric/asymmetric questions on an anonymous social target. In Study 2, participants read answers to a specific symmetric/asymmetric question provided by different group members. Overall, the results of both studies indicate that asymmetric questions had less impact on impressions than did symmetric questions, suggesting that individuals are more sensitive to data frequency than diagnosticity when forming impressions.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Sacchi, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rusconi, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bonomi, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cherubini, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 January 2014
Identification Number : 10.1027/1864-9335/a000158
Additional Information : Social Psychology, 45, (1), © 2014 by Hogrefe. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in Social Psychology. It is not the version of record and is therefore not suitable for citation.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 07 Jan 2015 17:11
Last Modified : 07 Jan 2015 17:11
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/807030

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