The Dynamic Interactive Nature of Person Construal.
Abstract: A dynamic interactive framework for person construal is proposed. It
argues that the perception of other people is accomplished by a dynamical system involving
continuous interaction between social categories, stereotypes, high-level cognitive states,
and the low-level processing of facial, vocal, and bodily cues. This system permits
lower-level sensory perception and higher-order ... read moresocial cognition to dynamically coordinate
across multiple interactive levels of processing to give rise to stable person construals.
A recurrent connectionist model of this system is described, which accounts for a wide
range of experimental findings from a computer mouse-tracking technique that examines
social categorization in real time. These include evidence for a) continuously evolving
category representations and a dynamic competition process underlying categorization
(Studies 1-4); b) continuous face-voice interaction during categorization (Studies 5-6),
and c) the continuous top-down influence of stereotype activations on categorization
(Studies 7-8). Together, across 8 studies, mouse-tracking and computational simulations
provide converging evidence for the dynamic and interactive nature of person construal.
Implications and new predictions arising from this framework are
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Psychology.
Advisor: Nalini Ambady.
Committee: Phillip Holcomb, Keith Maddox, and Kerri Johnson.
Keywords: Psychology, and Neurosciences.read less
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