From the physical to the psychological: Mundane experiences influence social judgment and interpersonal behavior

John A. Bargh, Lawrence E. Williams, Julie Y. Huang, Hyunjin Song, Joshua M. Ackerman

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Abstract

Mere physical experiences of warmth, distance, hardness, and roughness are found to activate the more psychological concepts that are analogically related to them, such as interpersonal warmth and emotional distance, thereby influencing social judgments and interpersonal behavior without the individual's awareness. These findings further support the principle of neural reuse in the development and operation of higher mental processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-268
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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