Incidentally activated knowledge and stereotype based judgments: A consideration of primed construct-target attribute match

Olivier Corneille, Theresa K. Vescio, Charles M. Judd

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Research on priming suggests that incidentally activated traits (e.g., dependence) only influence judgments about applicable targets (e.g., female). In previous studies that examined this issue, however, the activation of a trait was confounded with the activation of a specific gender category. It is unclear whether social applicability effects were from (a) the activation of a socially applicable trait; (b) the activation of a socially applicable gender category; or (c) the joint activation of these last two factors. We report two studies that unconfound these prime types. In Experiment 1, we obtained a priming effect for socially applicable traits only. This influence, however, turned out to be contrastive, which we assumed occurred because participants had corrected for mental contamination by these traits. Experiment 2 tested this idea by manipulating participants' attentional resources, in addition to the prime types. As predicted, the activation of socially applicable traits resulted in.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-399
Number of pages23
JournalSocial Cognition
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2000


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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