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Authors: Barker, Paul
Dotsch, Ron
Imhoff, Roland
Title: The attentional cost of comparisons : evidence for a general comparison induced delay
Online publication date: 31-Oct-2022
Year of first publication: 2022
Language: english
Abstract: The current work aimed to uncover the pattern of attention given to external comparison standards when engaged in social judgments. In a series of 5 experiments (N = 463), a Modified Spatial Cueing Task provided evidence for a general Comparison Induced Delay (CID), but found no signs of visuospatial attention (Pilot, Study 1 & 2). However, the CID did not occur if cues did not remain visually available throughout the trials (Study 3 & 4). Heterogeneity in results prompted the use of a single-paper meta-analysis including all secondary studies. A consistent CID effect was found across studies when standards remained visually available (K = 5), but not when they were masked (K = 2). No direct signs of visuospatial attentional bias were found. These results suggest that the attentional cost of engaging with external comparisons is mainly cognitive in nature, although a minor reoccurring visual component could not be excluded.
DDC: 150 Psychologie
150 Psychology
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 02 Sozialwiss., Medien u. Sport
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Document type specification: Scientific article
License: CC BY-NC-ND
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Journal: Acta psychologica
Pages or article number: 103745
Publisher: Elsevier
Publisher place: Amsterdam
Issue date: 2022
ISSN: 0001-6918
Publisher DOI: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2022.103745
Appears in collections:DFG-491381577-G

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