Situated conceptualization offers a theoretical account of social priming

Barsalou, L. W. (2016) Situated conceptualization offers a theoretical account of social priming. Current Opinion in Psychology, 12, pp. 6-11. (doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2016.04.009)

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The theory of situated conceptualization is introduced, including its core assumptions about the construction and storage of situated conceptualizations, the production of pattern completion inferences in relevant situations, and the implementation of these inferences via multimodal simulation. The broad applicability of the theory to many phenomena is reviewed, as is its ability to explain individual differences. The theory is then applied to social priming, showing that the theory provides a natural account of the diverse forms it takes. The theory also explains why social priming is difficult to define, why it often reflects modulating factors, and why it can be difficult to replicate. The importance of studying pattern completion inferences in the context of meaningful situated action receives emphasis.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barsalou, Professor Lawrence
Authors: Barsalou, L. W.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Current Opinion in Psychology
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Current Opinion in Psychology 12:6-11
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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