Implicit and explicit motivated self-perception as hypothesis-driven self-construal

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Kaufmann, Leah M., Sojo, Victor E., Genat, Anna E., Wheeler, Melissa A. and Wood, Robert E.. (2017). Implicit and explicit motivated self-perception as hypothesis-driven self-construal. Personality and Individual Differences. 116, pp. 252 - 257. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2017.04.055
AuthorsKaufmann, Leah M., Sojo, Victor E., Genat, Anna E., Wheeler, Melissa A. and Wood, Robert E.
Abstract

Motivated Self-Perception (MSP) facilitates the positive perception of the self via the endorsement of desirable characteristics, selective recall of autobiographical memories, and performance of desirable behaviour. Peters and Gawronski (2011) proposed a model of MSP as “hypothesis-driven” self-construal integrating implicit and explicit self-concepts, motivation, and autobiographical memory. The current study provides the first complete test of this model. One hundred and twenty-seven participants read a summary of a fictional study before completing measures of motivation, personality self-ratings, autobiographical memory, and implicit self-personality associations. Explicit self-concept, autobiographical memory, and the implicit self-personality association were affected by the manipulation, consistent with predictions. Results also revealed that implicit self-personality associations were predicted by motivation and autobiographical memory, providing evidence for the proposed model of MSP, and further evidence for the interconnectedness of implicit and explicit self-constructs. Finally, these results are interpreted as evidence for the effect of MSP-based self-enhancement across all levels of the self.

Keywordsmotivated self-perception; implicit self-concept; hypothesis-driven self-construal; personality; autobiographical memory
Year2017
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Journal citation116, pp. 252 - 257
PublisherElsevier
ISSN0191-8869
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2017.04.055
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85018327825
Page range252 - 257
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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