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Manipulation of Positive Perception of Others Through Cognitive Bias Modification

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The present study is designed to assess the effect of Cognitive Bias Modification of Interpretation (CBM-I) on positive perception of others (PPO). Past research has shown that there are consistent individual differences in interpersonal perception that are associated with important life outcomes including aggression and personality disorders (Wood, Harms, & Vazire, 2010). Because CBM-I is designed to modify social interpretation, it is a likely strategy through which interpersonal perception could be manipulated. By measuring PPO before and after CBM-I training, the present study was able to assess the effect of CBM-I on interpersonal perception. Positive CBM-I training was expected to increase the positivity of interpersonal perceptions. The present study also collected data on important outcome variables associated with PPO and interpretation biases with the intention of identifying the unique effects of CBM-I and PPO. Results suggest that relative to a control condition, positive CBM-I training had no effect on the positivity of interpersonal perceptions or any of the outcome variables. PPO was also found to have no effects on any of the outcome variables. Potential causes of the null effect, limitations, and suggestions for future research are discussed.
subject
Cognitive Bias Modification
Perceiver Effects
Person Perception
Positive Perception
contributor
Crowe, Michael Lee (author)
Wood, Dustin O (committee chair)
Pratt, Wayne E (committee member)
Brenes, Gretchen A (committee member)
Waugh, Christian E (committee member)
date
2013-06-06T21:19:34Z (accessioned)
2013-06-06T21:19:34Z (available)
2013 (issued)
degree
Psychology (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/38555 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
Manipulation of Positive Perception of Others Through Cognitive Bias Modification
type
Thesis

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