What you want (and do not want) affects what you see (and do not see): avoidance social goals and social events
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
What you want (and do not want) affects what you see (and do not see)
Abstract: 

Two studies examined the influence of approach and avoidance social goals on memory for and evaluation of ambiguous social information. Study 1 found that individual differences in avoidance social goals were associated with greater memory of negative information, negatively biased interpretation of ambiguous social cues, and a more pessimistic evaluation of social actors. Study 2 experimentally manipulated social goals and found that individuals high in avoidance social motivation remembered more negative information and expressed more dislike for a stranger in the avoidance condition than in the approach condition. Results suggest that avoidance social goals are associated with emphasizing potential threats when making sense of the social environment.

Author(s): 
Strachman, Amy
Gable, Shelly L.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin
Journal Abbreviation: 
Pers Soc Psychol Bull
Publication Date: 
2006-11
Publication Year: 
2006
Pages: 
1446-1458
Volume: 
32
Issue: 
11
ISSN: 
0146-1672
DOI: 
10.1177/0146167206291007
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 17030887

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Amy Strachman and Shelly L. Gable. 2006-11. "What you want (and do not want) affects what you see (and do not see): avoidance social goals and social events." Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin 32: 11: 1446-1458. 10.1177/0146167206291007.

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