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Embodiment of social status: verticality effects in multi-level rank-orders

Von Hecker, Ulrich ORCID:, Klauer, Christoph Klauer and Sankaran, Sankaran 2013. Embodiment of social status: verticality effects in multi-level rank-orders. Social Cognition 31 (3) , pp. 374-389. 10.1521/soco.2013.31.3.374

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Social status appears to be represented as a vertical dimension. High status labels (e.g., “master”) are identified quicker when presented higher as compared to lower in the perceptual field, and vice versa for low status labels (e.g., “servant”). In this research, participants constructed representations of a status rank order between novel target persons, A > B > C > D, based on interactions they read in a story. Subsequent status queries about pairs of wider distance on the rank order are responded to quicker and with higher accuracy (Experiment 1). The spatial consistency effect was replicated and shown to make an independent contribution to the distance effect. Similar results are obtained even in a condition that does not explicitly provide inferences about nonadjacent pairs in the order, but requires these inferences to be made via transitivity during learning (Experiment 2). Implications for current theories of embodied social status are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISSN: 0278-016X
Funders: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Kl 614/31-1
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 10:32

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