Body posture and interpersonal perception in a dyadic interaction: A Big Two analysis

Abele-Brehm A, Yzerbyt V (2021)


Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2021

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DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2711

Abstract

Body posture influences feelings about the self, but little is known about its impact on social cognition more generally. We apply the Big Two framework (Agency/Competence, Communion/Warmth) and study how body posture influences interpersonal perception in a dyadic interaction. In three experiments, we studied dyads with different body postures (Exps. 1 and 2: expanded/restricted; Exp. 3: expanded/neutral). Dyad members worked on a joint task, and rated self and other. Findings showed that participants in an expanded posture rated the self higher and the other lower on agency, whereas those in a submissive (or neutral) posture rated the self lower and the other higher on agency. In Experiment 2, participants in a submissive posture also rated their communion lower. Results are important both for the impact of body posture on interpersonal perception and for context effects in the relationship of Agency versus Communion ratings of self and others.

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APA:

Abele-Brehm, A., & Yzerbyt, V. (2021). Body posture and interpersonal perception in a dyadic interaction: A Big Two analysis. European Journal of Social Psychology. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2711

MLA:

Abele-Brehm, Andrea, and Vincent Yzerbyt. "Body posture and interpersonal perception in a dyadic interaction: A Big Two analysis." European Journal of Social Psychology (2021).

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