The impact of alcohol cognitions and contexts on perspective tasking

Cane, J., Ferguson, H., Ulrich, P. and Apperly, I. The impact of alcohol cognitions and contexts on perspective tasking. In: The 57th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomics Society, 17th - 20th November, 2016, Boston, US.

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Alcohol-related cognitions can have a detrimental effect on social interactions even in the absence of alcohol consumption. Over two experiments we examined the impact of alcohol-related cognitions and contexts on perspective taking ability, which is the cornerstone of most social interactions. Experiment 1 (N=89) explored how alcohol-related environments and alcohol urges influence perspective taking. Experiment 2 (N=58) examined whether the presence of alcohol-related objects influences perspective taking. Neither alcohol-related environments nor alcohol urges influenced perspective taking (all ps>.1). However, when alcohol objects were in shared view and other objects were in privileged view (i.e. behind an
avatar but available to the participant) participants were slower to report objects from their own perspective (p<.05). These findings indicate that the avatar’s gaze and the salient nature
of alcohol objects combined to draw and hold participants’ attention towards common ground. Implications for the role of attention in perspective taking will be discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0180 Experimental psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0076.5 Psychology research
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
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Depositing User: James Cane
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2017 11:23
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2017 11:23

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