How Quickly Can You Detect it? Power Facilitates Attentional Orienting

Letitia Slabu, Ana Guinote, David Wilkinson

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This study investigated how power impacts the ability to orient attention across space. Participants were assigned to a high-power or control role and then performed a computerized spatial cueing task that required them to direct their attention to a target preceded by either a valid or invalid location cue. Compared to participants in the control condition, power holders were better at overriding the misinformation provided by invalid cues. This advantage occurred only at 500ms stimulus onset asynchrony (SOA), whereas at 1000ms SOA, when there was more time to prepare a response, no differences were found. These findings are taken to support the growing idea that social power affects cognitive flexibility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-41
Number of pages5
JournalSocial Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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