When My Object Becomes Me: The Mere Ownership of an Object Elevates Domain-Specific Self-Efficacy
Victoria Wai-lan Yeung, Steve Loughnan, Yoshihisa Kashima, Vivian Miu-Chi Lun, Susanna Siu-sze Yeung
APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY-AN INTERNATIONAL REVIEW-PSYCHOLOGIE APPLIQUEE-REVUE INTERNATIONALE | WILEY | Published : 2017
Past research on the mere ownership effect has shown that when people own an object, they perceive the owned objects more favorably than the comparable non-owned objects. The present research extends this idea, showing that when people own an object functional to the self, they perceive an increase in their self-efficacy. Three studies were conducted to demonstrate this new form of the mere ownership effect. In Study 1, participants reported an increase in their knowledge level by the mere ownership of reading materials (a reading package in Study 1a, and lecture notes in Study 1b). In Study 2, participants reported an increase in their resilience to sleepiness by merely owning a piece of ch..View full abstract
Awarded by Lingnan University
The research was supported by the Direct Grant (DR12C2) from Lingnan University given to the first author. We would like to thank Ms Roy Jo Sartin for her editing of an earlier version of the manuscript, Mr Chiu Sui Lun for providing statistical advice, and three anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments.