Some effects of deception and level of self-monitoring on planning and reacting to a self-presentation

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Investigated whether type of impression intended (accurate or fabricated) and level of self-monitoring (high or low) affect the amount of information about a target person that individuals would acquire, at some cost to themselves, prior to interacting with that person. 66 female undergraduates were given the Self-Monitoring Scale 6 wks before the experiment began. As predicted, high self-monitors planning a fabrication purchased more information than high self-monitors planning an accurate impression or low self-monitors planning either type of impression. In addition, impression type affected both actors' and targets' reactions, whereas self-monitoring affected only the targets' ratings. (13 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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