Goal priming as a situated intervention tool

Papies, E. K. (2016) Goal priming as a situated intervention tool. Current Opinion in Psychology, 12, pp. 12-16. (doi:10.1016/j.copsyc.2016.04.008)

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Research on goal priming has shown that cues in the environment can lead to goal-directed cognition and behaviour without the need for conscious intentions. This has sparked an interest in using goal priming as an intervention tool to strategically influence behaviour in line with an individual's long-term goals. The present article first gives a brief overview of goal priming effects and their mechanisms. Then, goal priming is discussed as a situated intervention tool that changes the cognitive responses triggered by a situation and can stimulate the pursuit of long-term investment goals over short-term hedonic goals. Applying the principle of situating interventions leads to a set of recommendations for applying goal primes effectively, which are illustrated with examples from various domains.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Papies, Dr Esther
Authors: Papies, E. K.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Current Opinion in Psychology
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Elsevier
First Published:First published in Current Opinion in Psychology 2016
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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