How quickly can you detect it? Power facilitates attentional orienting

Slabu, Letitia ORCID logoORCID:, Guinote, Ana and Wilkinson, David (2013) How quickly can you detect it? Power facilitates attentional orienting. Social Psychology, 44 (1) . pp. 37-41. ISSN 1864-9335 [Article] (doi:10.1027/1864-9335/a000096)

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This study investigated how power impacts the ability to orient attention across space. Participants were assigned to a high power or control role and then performed a computerised spatial cueing task in which they were required to direct their attention to a target that had been preceded by either a valid or invalid location cue. Compared to participants in the control condition, power-holders were better able to override the misinformation provided by invalid cues. This advantage occurred only at 500 ms stimulus onset asynchrony (SOA), whereas at 1000 ms SOA, when there was more time to prepare a response, no differences were found. These findings are taken to support the growing idea that social power affects cognitive flexibility.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Power; attention orienting; spatial cueing task; cognitive flexibility
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 10845
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Depositing User: Letitia Slabu
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2013 06:07
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022 00:23

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