Effects of Self-Monitoring on Processing of Self-Presentation Information

Published on Jun 22, 2016in Social Psychology
· DOI :10.1027/1864-9335/A000265
James M. Tyler11
Estimated H-index: 11
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Peter O. Kearns1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Miranda M. McIntyre2
Estimated H-index: 2
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Abstract
Abstract. Self-monitoring is a key element in interpersonal interactions, guiding how people monitor and adjust their social behavior. Compared to low self-monitors, high self-monitors are more sensitive to and use social cues to direct their self-presentations. However, little work has examined whether high self-monitors possess a heightened capacity to cognitively process self-presentation information. The goal of the current work is to address this question. After exposure to impression-related (vs. control) words, high (vs. low) self-monitors were faster to link positive (vs. neutral) traits to the self. The results show that high self-monitors have greater cognitive access to self-presentation information, a finding that has heretofore been absent from the literature.
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