Response times in attitudinal items as indicators of the continuous accessibility of knowledge related to attitudes.

Abstract

In the paradigm of social cognition, the measurement of response latencies is important not only for priming procedures directed at the cognitive representation, but also for the assessment of strength-related properties of attitudes. The present paper explored the possibility of using response times as indicators of the continuous accessibility of attitude-relevant knowledge. For two different sets of attitudinal items concerning social welfare (idiographic and nomothetic selection) response times were obtained from a sample of 20 university students. In addition to different reliability coefficients for aggregated response times, information about individual subjects' consistencies and stabilities was obtained. Further, evidence for the validity of response times as indicators of the continuous accessibility of attitude-related knowledge is reported. The aggregated response times had significant correlations with self-report data and interview-related variables (such as number of propositions mentioned) which were obtained by a content analysis of semistructured interviews.

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@article{Naumann2000ResponseTI, title={Response times in attitudinal items as indicators of the continuous accessibility of knowledge related to attitudes.}, author={Johannes Naumann and Tobias Richter}, journal={Psychological reports}, year={2000}, volume={87 2}, pages={355-66} }