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(Implicitly) Judging a Book by Its Cover: The Power of Pride and Shame Expressions in Shaping Judgments of Social Status.
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PMID:  22611053     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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How do we decide who merits social status? According to functionalist theories of emotion, the nonverbal expressions of pride and shame play a key role, functioning as automatically perceived status signals. In this view, observers automatically make status inferences about expressers on the basis of these expressions, even when contradictory contextual information about the expressers' status is available. In four studies, the authors tested whether implicit and explicit status perceptions are influenced by pride and shame expressions even when these expressions' status-related messages are contradicted by contextual information. Results indicate that emotion expressions powerfully influence implicit and explicit status inferences, at times neutralizing or even overriding situational knowledge. These findings demonstrate the irrepressible communicative power of emotion displays and indicate that status judgments can be informed as much (and often more) by automatic responses to nonverbal expressions of emotion as by rational, contextually bound knowledge.
Authors:
Azim F Shariff; Jessica L Tracy; Jeffrey L Markusoff
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-5-18
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Title:  Personality & social psychology bulletin     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1552-7433     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 May 
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Created Date:  2012-5-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7809042     Medline TA:  Pers Soc Psychol Bull     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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