Inverted-U and Inverted-J Effects in Self-Referenced Decisions

kenpei shiinaWaseda University

Abstract

Rating one’s own personality traits is a common self-referential information processing task. The current paper examined the mechanism underlying this sort of trait-rating task by using a PC cursor tracing technique (Shiina, 2011a, b). The target phenomenon of interest was the inverted-U effect observed in trait ratings. The PC cursor tracing technique analyzed response times, tangential velocities, and rapid cursor movements (strokes). Results supported Klein’s notion (Klein et al., 2002) that self-referenced episodic and semantic memories are used independently when making these trait decisions.

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