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Title: Conversation with a cue : personality judgments and observer accuracy across context
Author: Wall, Helen
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2011
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The impact of context on the 'accuracy' of zero-acquaintance personality judgments is examined to understand when and how context affects such judgments. The thesis begins by conceptualising 'context' and discussing its potential impact on the judgment process. It then describes the methodology used in this thesis. Study 1 examines the impact of context richness on accuracy and shows that more information does not always result in better judgements. Study 2 shows that differences in interaction task do not impact on information quality and subsequent accuracy. Study 3 analyses the impact of context on 'behaviour' and shows that a judge's perspective impacts on the cues employed in judgments. Study 4 found that judge characteristics relate to specific aspects of context, not context per se. Study 5 found that trait-similarity between target and judge negatively impacts on accuracy. The thesis concludes with a field study in which the findings were largely replicated.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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