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Journal Review: “It’s bloody revolting!” Inhibitory Control of Thoughts Better Left Unsaid William Von Hippel and Karen Gonsalkorale
Introduction
The main purpose of this study is to identify the relationship between inhibitory abilities and social behaviour. More specifically, the question that begs an answer is whether inhibitory ability will assist people in refraining from displays socially inappropriate behaviour. The experimenters were initially interested in the underlying reasons to people’s frequent display of positive interpersonal behaviour, despite their negative thoughts. They were aware that a good degree of social knowledge is important as well as the ability to apply these social knowledge in challenging situations, this requires a certain amount of self-regulation. In this sense, self-regulation facilitates appropriate social behaviour and the individual differences in self-regulation also affect their social performance. This suggests that inhibitory abilities in individuals will also affect their social performance as it is an underlying process in self-regulation. The researcher’s hypothesized that inhibitory processes affects the production of negative social behaviour differently when a person’s inhibitory ability is affected by different factors such as social pressure and attention level. The dependent variable in this experiment is the negativity of the participant’s social response. The independent variable is a person’s inhibitory process which is determined through the Stroop test. Social pressure was incorporated and manipulated by introducing the participants to a White or Chinese experimenter. Attention level was manipulated by assigning some participants an eight digit number to memorize. Both factors were introduced to examine how they affect the effect of inhibitory processes on negative social responses. This experiment contributes to existing literature by providing insight into the effect of self-regulation on social...
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