Interdependent self-construal predicts reduced sensitivity to norms under pathogen threat: An electrocortical investigation.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Prior evidence suggests that external threat motivates people to monitor norm violations. However, the effect of threat may be attenuated for those high in interdependent self-construal (SC) because this SC affords a sense of protection against the threat. Here, we tested this possibility by priming or not priming young American adults with a pathogen threat. We then had participants read norm-violating or normal behaviors while assessing two electrocortical markers: N400 (indexing the detection of norm violations) and suppression of upper α-band power (indexing vigilance to the violations). In the threat priming condition, interdependent SC predicted decreased responsiveness to norm violations. In the control priming condition, however, interdependent SC predicted increased responsiveness. Our work suggests that interdependent SC may provide a sense of security under threat.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Salvador, CE; Kraus, BT; Ackerman, JM; Gelfand, MJ; Kitayama, S

Published Date

  • November 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 157 /

Start / End Page

  • 107970 -

PubMed ID

  • 33096149

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7573572

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-6246

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0301-0511

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2020.107970


  • eng