Linking versus thinking: evidence for the different associative and attributional bases of spontaneous trait transference and spontaneous trait inference.

@article{Carlston2005LinkingVT,
  title={Linking versus thinking: evidence for the different associative and attributional bases of spontaneous trait transference and spontaneous trait inference.},
  author={Donal E. Carlston and John J. Skowronski},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2005},
  volume={89 6},
  pages={884-98}
}
Informants who describe others' behaviors are perceived as having more of the trait implied by the behavior they describe (the trait transference effect). Associative and attributional explanations for this phenomenon are reviewed and examined in 3 experiments. Findings were inconsistent with attributional interpretations: (a) transference effects persisted with extended coding times, online judgments, and warnings to participants to avoid the effect; (b) negativity effects were absent in… CONTINUE READING
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