How activating cognitive content shapes trust: a subliminal priming study

Posten, A-C, Ockenfels, A and Mussweiler, T M (2013) How activating cognitive content shapes trust: a subliminal priming study. Journal of Economic Psychology, 41 (Apr). pp. 12-19. ISSN 0167-4870


The activation of cognitive contents plays a prominent role in social psychological research. Yet, so far this has received little attention in economics. In our research we connect a standard social psychological manipulation to activate cognitive content (a trust vs. distrust priming manipulation) to a classic paradigm from economics (a trust game). Our findings demonstrate that subliminally activating the concept of trust (vs. distrust) leads participants to judge a series of strangers as more (vs. less) trustworthy. Moreover, our research shows for the first time that such a subliminal priming manipulation shapes the subsequent sending behavior in a fictitious version of a standard economic trust game. This suggests that psychological priming techniques allow new insights into what determines beliefs in economic games

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Subject Areas: Organisational Behaviour
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Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2016 17:16
Subjects: Social roles
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2024 02:03

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