Effects of subliminal priming of self and God on self-attribution of authorship for events

Ap Dijksterhuis, Jesse Preston, Daniel M. Wegner, Henk Aarts

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Abstract

Three studies investigated how subliminally primed thoughts of an agent prior to action can affect ascriptions of authorship for that action. Participants competed against a computer program to remove words from a computer screen. Participants reported greater feelings of authorship when primed with first person singular pronouns, and lower feelings of authorship when primed with "computer." We also investigated whether authorship feelings could be affected by priming subjects with a supernatural agent (i.e., God). Feelings of authorship decreased when participants were primed with God, but only among believers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-9
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2008

Keywords

  • Agency
  • Attribution
  • Self
  • Subliminal priming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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