Moderators of the Relationship between Implicit and Explicit Evaluation

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Description: Automatic and controlled modes of evaluation sometimes provide conflicting reports of the quality of social objects. This paper presents evidence for four moderators of the relationship between automatic (implicit) and controlled (explicit) preferences. Implicit and explicit preferences were measured for a variety of object pairs (O=57) using a large sample. Results of multilevel modeling analyses suggested that: (a) implicit and explicit preferences are related, (b) the relationship varies as a function of the objects assessed, and (c) at least four variables moderate the relationship – self presentation, evaluative strength, dimensionality, and distinctiveness. The variables moderated implicit-explicit correspondence across individuals and accounted for much of the observed variation across content domains. The resulting model of the relationship between automatic and controlled evaluative processes is grounded in personal experience with the targets of evaluation.

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The manuscript revision history for this paper illustrates the revisions that occurred trying to get this published. The first version was submitted in January 2014 to Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The second version was resubmitted to JPSP in June 2014. The third version was resubmitted to JPSP in December 2014. The Editor asked for an additional revision in May 2015 to which ...


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