Temporal distance and the perception of political proposals in terms of their favorability, feasibility and desirability
2015 (English)In: 2015 Program The Society for Personality and Social psychology 16th Annual Convention: Long Beach, February 26-18, 2015, 2015, 56- p.Conference paper, Poster (Refereed)
Fifty-one university college students were presented with 10 political proposals, recently advanced in Sweden. For each participant, each of the 10 proposals was described as being implemented in the near future and in a more distant future. The participants were asked to judge the proposals in terms of their favorability, desirability, and feasibility. In line with Construal Level Theory (CLT, Trope & Liberman, 2010), it was found that feasibility better predicted favorability of close future proposals (as compared to temporally distant proposals) whereas the opposite pattern was found for desirability. Also in line with CLT, correlational data suggested that participants to a larger extent as compared to the near future tailored their representations of the distant future such that feasibility co-varied positively with the desirability of a proposal, suggesting an optimism bias. Presumably, this was possible because feasibility is less concrete and more malleable for more distant events.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. 56- p.
Research subject Baltic and East European studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-26775Local ID: 705/42/2012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-26775DiVA: diva2:799420
The 16th Annual Meeting of The Society for Personality and Social psychology (SPSP), Long beach, CA., USA, February 26-28, 2015.
ProjectsPsychological mechanisms underlying political orientations in an old and a new democracy
FunderThe Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, A056-12