We propose that over and above signaling a positive state of affairs, a fluency experience may be interpreted as a cue to the usability of the information at stake. Three experiments demonstrate this effect in a classic social psychological priming paradigm. Specifically, we show that when primed traits are processed fluently, they have effects independent of whether or not these traits are descriptively applicable to a subsequent target description. In Experiment 1, fluency was manipulated by rhyming. In Experiment 2 letter size of the primes was manipulated. Experiment 3 investigated underlying processes and aimed to control for a possible alternative explanation.
Dept. of Social and Organizational Psychology Utrecht University Heidelberglaan 1 3584 CS Utrecht The Netherlands-->
- (Häfner, Michael) Dept. of Social and Organizational Psychology Utrecht University Heidelberglaan 1 3584 CS Utrecht The Netherlands-->
- NETHERLANDS (Häfner, Michael) Tilburg University-->
- (Stapel, Diederik A.)
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