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Priming is Priming, Regardless of Reality

Peña, J., & Blackburn, K. (2010). The priming effects of virtual environments on interpersonal perceptions and behaviors: A conceptual replication of Tidwell and Walther (2002). Manuscript under review. Peña and Blackburn investigate the impact of environment on behavior in virtual worlds. The interesting and surprising aspect is that environment has been ignored in previous studies… Continue reading Priming is Priming, Regardless of Reality

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I Become What I Think You Think I Am

Yee, N., & Bailenson, J. (2007). The Proteus effect: The effect of transformed self-representation on behavior. Human Communication Research, 33, 271-290. Yee and Bailenson pose an interesting hypothesis which seeks to combine behavioral confirmation based on external feedback with Snyder’s work in self-perception and apply the extension to virtual environments. Merging this theoretical basis with… Continue reading I Become What I Think You Think I Am

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Would You Date a Liar?

Toma, C. L., Hancock, J. T., & Ellison, N. B. (2008). Separating fact from fiction: An examination of deceptive self-presentation in online dating profiles. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 1023-1036. Toma, Hancock and Ellison attempt to assess the accuracy of online dating profiles. They hypothesize that selective self-presentation will occur in online dating profiles… Continue reading Would You Date a Liar?

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Facing the Truth

Hancock, J. T., & Toma, C. L. (2009). Putting your best face forward: The accuracy of online dating profiles. Journal of Communication, 59, 367-386. Hancock and Toma investigate the accuracy of profile photographs in online dating sites and whether that accuracy differs for men and women. The authors describe the tension between self-enhancement and authenticity… Continue reading Facing the Truth

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Idealized Identities

Gonzales, A. L., & Hancock, J. T. (2008). Identity shift in computer-mediated environments. Media Psychology, 11, 167-185. Gonzales and Hancock examine whether one's awareness of a public audience enhances self-presentation in an online environment, demonstrating a shift in identity. They hypothesize that participants who are asked to present an extroverted personality in a public space… Continue reading Idealized Identities