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ERIC Number: ED179899
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep-5
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Self-Perception in Behavioral Confirmation.
Berman, Jeffrey S.; And Others
Previous research indicates that social beliefs can act in a self-fulfilling manner, affecting responses to individuals and thereby constraining these individuals to behave in ways that spuriously confirm attitudes about them. The possible role of self-perception, i.e., whether targets of such self-fulfilling prophecies not only alter their behavior but also make corresponding changes in their perceptions of themselves was examined. Pairs of males engaged in an interaction after one of the two participants had been given either a negative or a positive expectancy about the other. Observers listening to recordings of the interactions perceived differences in those participants who were targets of the expectancy manipulation. However, the targets failed to report similar differences about themselves. Targets who interacted with interviewers having a favorable expectancy about them actually behaved in a more positive fashion than did targets who interacted with interviewers holding the opposite, negative expectancy. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Self Fulfilling Prophecies
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychologocal Association (87th, New York, NY, September 1-5, 1979)