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Most Underappreciated50 Prominent Social Psychologists Describe Their Most Unloved Work$
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Robert Arkin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199778188

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.001.0001

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My Brief Career in Modeling

My Brief Career in Modeling

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(p.217) My Brief Career in Modeling
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Most Underappreciated
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Charles S. Carver

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.003.0043

Charles S. Carver reflects on his most underappreciated work: a study that explored the group of modeling effects—known as “releasing effect,” “response facilitation” effect, and mimicry—in which watching someone do something tends to induce the observer to do the same thing. Carver collaborated with three other researchers to test whether these effects might reflect close links in memory between information used for construal and information specifying how-to-do-it; that is, whether such effects might well be a sort of accessibility effect. He discusses the implications of the study in relation to an information processing account of how behavioral qualities emerge in the stream of behavior.

Keywords:   Charles S. Carver, modeling effects, releasing effect, response facilitation effect, mimicry, memory, accessibility effect, information processing, behavior

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