Journal article

Powerful perceivers, powerless objects: Flexibility of powerholders' social attention

JR Overbeck, B Park

ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND HUMAN DECISION PROCESSES | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2006

Abstract

We argue that the effect of power on social attention is a function of flexible, instrumental information processing that allows the high power perceiver to attain situation specific goals using whatever means are available, including attention. Study 1 assigned powerful participants to more "people-centered" or more "product-centered" goals, and found that people-centered powerholders better individuated low-power targets. Study 2 examined responses by both high- and low-power organization members, and found powerful judges more responsive to organizational goals in setting priorities and using information about the organization than powerless judges. Together, these results suggest that po..

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