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The Automaticity of Social Life
John A. Bargh and Erin L. Williams
Current Directions in Psychological Science
Vol. 15, No. 1 (Feb., 2006), pp. 1-4
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20183062
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Much of social life is experienced through mental processes that are not intended and about which one is fairly oblivious. These processes are automatically triggered by features of the immediate social environment, such as the group memberships of other people, the qualities of their behavior, and features of social situations (e.g., norms, one's relative power). Recent research has shown these nonconscious influences to extend beyond the perception and interpretation of the social world to the actual guidance, over extended time periods, of one's important goal pursuits and social interactions.
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