Self-Perception Theory in Full

James D. Laird

in Feelings

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780195098891
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893614 | DOI:

Series: Series in Affective Science

Self-Perception Theory in Full

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This chapter is a summary and integration of all the research, organized around four broad questions about self-perception research and theory. The first, and by far the most basic, is simply whether self-perception occurs: Does acting lead to feeling? A relatively methodological question follows close behind: Are the effects observed in self-perception research real, or are they perhaps artifacts of the procedures? The most frequently suggested artifactual explanation is some variant of experimenter bias. If self-perception effects occur, and are not due to experimenter bias, two further conditions must be met if we are to adopt self-perception theory. The first is that actions must be not only sufficient to produce feelings but also necessary. We need some evidence that feelings cannot occur without prior actions. Finally, we need some evidence that self-perception processes occur in real life, not just the laboratory.

Keywords: self-perception; feeling; experimenter bias; actions

Chapter.  9309 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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