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Priming the trait category "hostility" : the moderating role of trait anxiety

Maier, M. A. and Bernern, M. P. and Hau, R. and Pekrun, R.. (2007) Priming the trait category "hostility" : the moderating role of trait anxiety. Cognition & emotion, Vol. 21, H. 3. pp. 577-595.

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Abstract

Recent studies on affective priming with the naming task have revealed an influence of trait anxiety on the direction of affective priming effects (e.g., Berner & Maier, 2004). This moderating role of trait anxiety was further investigated in a study employing a conceptual priming task. After masked presentation of either hostile or neutral primes, participants performed a person judgment task. As expected, the direction of the hostility rating difference score, defined as the difference between hostility ratings of a target person in the hostility priming condition and in the neutral priming condition, changed from positive to negative with increasing levels of self-reported trait anxiety. The findings are interpreted in terms of salience-dependent overcorrection processes (Glaser & Banaji, 1999). Implications for our understanding of the cognitive functioning in high trait anxiety are discussed.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Cognitive and Decision Sciences (Hertwig)
UniBasel Contributors:Hau, Robin Christopher
Item Type:Article
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Lawrence Erlbaum
ISSN:0269-9931
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:22 Mar 2012 14:25
Deposited On:22 Mar 2012 13:44

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