Transference in Social Perception: The Role of Chronic Accessibility in Significant-Other Representations

Susan M. Andersen, Noah S. Glassman, Serena Chen, Steve W. Cole

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Research has shown that the activation and application of a significant-other representation to a new person, or transference, occurs in everyday social perception (S.M. Andersen & A. Baum, 1994; S.M. Andersen & S.W. Cole, 1990). Using a combined idiographic and nomothetic experimental paradigm, two studies examined the role of chronic accessibility of significant-other representations in transference. After learning about 4 fictional people, 1 of whom resembled a significant other, participants' recognition memory was assessed. Both studies showed greater false-positive memory in the significant-other condition, relative to control, even in the absence of priming. Study 2 showed that although the effect was greater when the significant-other representation was concretely applicable to the target information, it occurred even when no such applicability was present. Results implicate the chronic accessibility of significant-other representations in transference.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-57
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Volume69
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1995

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Transference in Social Perception : The Role of Chronic Accessibility in Significant-Other Representations. / Andersen, Susan M.; Glassman, Noah S.; Chen, Serena; Cole, Steve W.

In: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 69, No. 1, 07.1995, p. 41-57.

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Andersen, Susan M. ; Glassman, Noah S. ; Chen, Serena ; Cole, Steve W. / Transference in Social Perception : The Role of Chronic Accessibility in Significant-Other Representations. In: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 1995 ; Vol. 69, No. 1. pp. 41-57.
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