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From the physical to the psychological: Mundane experiences influence social judgment and interpersonal behavior

  • John A. Bargh (a1), Lawrence E. Williams (a2), Julie Y. Huang (a1), Hyunjin Song (a1) and Joshua M. Ackerman (a3)...

Mere physical experiences of warmth, distance, hardness, and roughness are found to activate the more abstract psychological concepts that are analogically related to them, such as interpersonal warmth and emotional distance, thereby influencing social judgments and interpersonal behavior without the individual's awareness. These findings further support the principle of neural reuse in the development and operation of higher mental processes.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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