Commentary on Weighty Data Paper

Dr. Anna M. Borghi wrote an interesting commentary on our paper Weighty data: importance information influences estimated weight of digital information storage devices by Schneider, I. K., Parzuchowski, M., Wojciszke, B., Schwarz, N., and Koole, S. L. (2014). Front. Psychol. 5:1536. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01536.

“In three well-designed experiments, Schneider et al. (2014) demonstrate that the importance ascribed to the content influences weight perception of a USB or of a data-storage device. I will briefly discuss the theoretical implications of these results for the recent debate on “penetrability” of perception and then more generally for embodied and grounded views of cognition; finally I will argue that it is important to study weight”.

You can read the full commentary here and read the original paper here.




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The Path of Ambivalence

Today, our paper on how ambivalence can be inferred from looking at people’s mouse trajectories has been accepted by Frontiers in Psychology. This was an important part of my dissertation work and I am very pleased it has found such a good home cialis rezeptfrei eu. Abstract below, find the PDF here.

Ambivalence refers to a psychological conflict between opposing evaluations, often experienced as being torn between alternatives. This dynamic aspect of ambivalence is hard to capture with outcome-focused measures, such as response times or self-report. To gain more insight into ambivalence as it unfolds, the current work uses an embodied measure of pull, drawing on research in dynamic systems. In three studies, using different materials, we tracked people’s mouse movements as they chose between negative and positive evaluations of attitude objects. When participants evaluated ambivalent attitude objects, their mouse trajectories showed more pull of the non-chosen evaluative option than when they evaluated univalent attitude objects, revealing that participants were literally torn between the two opposing evaluations. We address the relationship of this dynamic measure to response time and self-reports of ambivalence and discuss implications and avenues for future research.

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the ABC of Ambivalence

Recently, Frenk van Harreveld, Hannah Nohlen, and myself  have written a review on ambivalence, which was published in Advances of Experimental Social Psychology. If you are interested in ambivalence, check it out here !

The ABC of Ambivalence: Affective, Behavioral, and Cognitive Consequences of Attitudinal Conflict

In a world where individuals are continuously exposed to information, the experience of ambivalence has become an intricate part of human existence. Recently, the conse- quences of ambivalence have been the subject of considerable research attention. In this chapter, we provide an overview of this research and present the ABC (Affect, Behavior, Cognition) model of ambivalence that integrates recent insights into the affective, behavioral, and cognitive consequences of ambivalence cialis generika 10mg. This research shows when and why ambivalence leads to negative affect and that this affective response is the fuel that drives subsequent effects of ambivalence on cognition and behavior. Moreover, the reviewed findings reveal that the effects on cognition and behavior serve the purpose of either resolving ambivalence or mitigating the negative affective response. With the ABC model of ambivalence, we aim to identify the distinctive features of ambivalence in terms of what we feel, think, and do. 

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New paper on the influence of importance information in weight judgments

Frontiers in Psychology Cognition has accepted a new paper on the relationship between importance information and weight judgments. The paper conceptually replicates previous work and shows the robustness of the effect. Below is the abstract, the complete paper can be found here.

Weighty data: importance information influences estimated weight of digital information storage devices preise cialis schweiz.

Iris K. Schneider, Michal Parzuchowski, Bogdan Wojciszke, Norbert Schwarz, & Sander L. Koole

Previous work suggests that perceived importance of an object influences estimates of its weight. Specifically, important books were estimated to be heavier than non-important books. However, the experimental set-up of these studies may have suffered from a potential confound and findings may be confined to books only. Addressing this, we investigate the effect of importance on weight estimates by examining whether the importance of information stored on a data storage device (USB-stick or portable hard drive) can alter weight estimates. Results show that people thinking a USB-stick holds important tax information (vs. expired tax information vs. no information) estimate it to be heavier (Experiment 1) compared to people who do not. Similarly, people who are told a portable hard-drive holds personally relevant information (vs. irrelevant), also estimate the drive to be heavier (Experiment 2a and 2b). 


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Awarded NWO Rubicon Grant!

The NWO has just announced that I am the recipient of a Rubicon grant. This grant is meant to provide talented young researchers with the opportunity to obtain international research experience. Specifically, this prestigious grant will enable me to work for one year with Prof Norbert Schwarz at the University of Southern California. Here, I will examine how spatial cues can facilitate decision-making processes.

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In doubt and disorderly: Ambivalence promotes compensatory perceptions of order.

Recently, a paper in collaboration with Dr. Frenk van Harreveld and others has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Experimental Psychology : General.

Read the abstract below:

van Harreveld, F., Rutjens, B.T., Schneider, I.K., Nohlen, H. & Keskinis, K. (accepted for publication). In doubt and disorderly: Ambivalence promotes compensatory perceptions of order. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 

Ambivalence is a presumably unpleasant experience and coming to terms with it is an intricate part of human existence. It is argued that ambivalent attitude holders cope with their ambivalence through compensatory perceptions of order. We will first show that ambivalence leads to an increase in (visual) perceptions of order (Study 1). In Study 2 we conceptually replicate this finding by showing that ambivalence also increases belief in conspiracy theories, a cognitive form of order perception. Furthermore, this effect is mediated by the negative emotions that are elicited by ambivalence. In Study 3 we show that increased need for order is driving these effects: affirmations of order cancel out the effect of ambivalence on perceptions of order. Theoretical as well as societal implications are discussed.

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