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Status e processo di selezione di informazioni: gli effetti dell’asimmetria sociale sull’asimmetria delle strategie di controllo di ipotesi [Status and information-search process: Social asymmetry leads to asymmetric strategies in social hypothesis testing]

Mangiarulo, M, Rusconi, Patrice and Sacchi, S (2016) Status e processo di selezione di informazioni: gli effetti dell’asimmetria sociale sull’asimmetria delle strategie di controllo di ipotesi [Status and information-search process: Social asymmetry leads to asymmetric strategies in social hypothesis testing] Psicologia Sociale, 11 (1). pp. 89-101.

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Abstract

Previous studies have indicated that high status people are prone to use leading questions during interpersonal interaction. The present study (N = 254) aimed to investigate if asymmetry between high and low status individuals is likely to bias the social hypothesis testing toward asymmetric questions, namely queries for which the "yes" and the "no" answers are not equally diagnostic. To this purpose, after manipulating their status (supervisor vs. subordinate), participants were asked to choose questions to investigate the presence of attributes (positive or negative) in a social target. The results showed that higher status individuals are more likely to adopt the asymmetric confirming strategy during the social hypothesis-testing than lower status individuals. The potential application of this research is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Mangiarulo, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rusconi, Patricep.rusconi@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Sacchi, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : January 2016
Identification Number : 10.1482/82882
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016 Il Mulino
Uncontrolled Keywords : Social Hypothesis-Testing; Asymmetric Questions; Status; Confirmation Bias
Additional Information : In Italian.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 15 Dec 2015 14:55
Last Modified : 05 Sep 2017 13:39
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/809428

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