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ERIC Number: EJ1006909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0096-3445
Visual Perception and Regulatory Conflict: Motivation and Physiology Influence Distance Perception
Cole, Shana; Balcetis, Emily; Zhang, Sam
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, v142 n1 p18-22 Feb 2013
Regulatory conflict can emerge when people experience a strong motivation to act on goals but a conflicting inclination to withhold action because physical resources available, or "physiological potentials", are low. This study demonstrated that distance perception is biased in ways that theory suggests assists in managing this conflict. Participants estimated the distance to a target location. Individual differences in physiological potential measured via waist-to-hip ratio interacted with manipulated motivational states to predict visual perception. Among people low in physiological potential and likely to experience regulatory conflict, the environment appeared easier to traverse when motivation was strong compared with weak. Among people high in potential and less likely to experience conflict, perception was not predicted by motivational strength. The role of motivated distance perception in self-regulation is discussed. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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