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Spontaneous Inference of Personality Traits and Effects on Memory for Online Profiles

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Spontaneous Inference of Personality Traits and Effects on Memory for Online Profiles
As users navigate online social spaces, they encounter numerous personal profiles, each displaying a unique constellation of attributes. How do users make sense of this information? In our first study, we provide evidence that users spontaneously make personality trait inferences about people from profiles they encounter online, and for certain profiles, preferentially remember this inferred trait content over actual profile content. Study 2 uses several measures of profile coherence to assess how the coherence of user profiles interacts with trait inferences to influence memory for profiles. Findings provide a better understanding of specific profile content that makes profiles memorable and the social-cognitive process utilized when extracting information from profiles.
Kristin Brooke Stecher, Scott Counts
Added 29 Oct 2010
Updated 29 Oct 2010
Type Conference
Year 2008
Where ICWSM
Authors Kristin Brooke Stecher, Scott Counts
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