Method matters: effects of explicit versus implicit social comparisons on activation, behavior, and self-views.

@article{Stapel2004MethodME,
  title={Method matters: effects of explicit versus implicit social comparisons on activation, behavior, and self-views.},
  author={Diederik A. Stapel and Jerry Suls},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2004},
  volume={87 6},
  pages={860-75}
}
The authors investigated the impact of explicit versus implicit social comparisons. Simply being primed with a superior or inferior standard (implicit comparison) produced contrast as evidenced by accessibility of self-knowledge (Study 2), intellectual performance (Study 3), and self-ratings (Study 4), inconsistent with the standard. However, when… CONTINUE READING