Hidden co-variation detection produces faster, not slower, social judgements.

BARKER, Lynne and ANDRADE, Jackie (2007). Hidden co-variation detection produces faster, not slower, social judgements. Journal of Experimental Psychology, Learning, Memory and Cognition, 32 (3), 636-641.


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In Lewicki’s (1986a) demonstration of Hidden Co-variation Detection (HCD), responses were slower to faces that corresponded with a co-variation encountered previously than to faces with novel co-variations. This slowing contrasts with the typical finding that priming leads to faster responding, and might suggest that HCD is a unique type of implicit process. We extended Lewicki’s (1986a) methodology and showed that participants exposed to nonsalient co-variations between hair length and personality were subsequently faster to respond to faces with those co-variations than to faces without, despite lack of awareness of the critical co-variations. This result confirms that people can detect subtle relationships between features of stimuli and that, as with other types of implicit cognition, this detection facilitates responding.

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Additional Information: This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition (http://www.apa.org/journals/xlm/). It is not the copy of record.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Co-variation, implicit, non-conscious, social judgement
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Psychology Research Group
Identification Number: 10.1037/0278-7393.32.3.636
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2015 19:42
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/98

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