Observers' focus of attention in the simulation of self-perception.

  title={Observers' focus of attention in the simulation of self-perception.},
  author={Daniel M. Wegner and Kenn Finstuen},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={35 1},
This research was designed to assess the effects of a manipulation of observers' focus of attention--from a focus on the actor to a focus on the actor's situation--upon observers' attributions of attitude to an actor in a simulation of a forced-compliance cognitive dissonance experiment. Observers induced through empathy instructions to focus attention on the actor's situation inferred less actor attitude positivity than did observers given no specific observational set. In addition, situation… CONTINUE READING