Concurrent processes: The affect-cognition relationship within the context of the "mere exposure" phenomenon

Matthew A. Lee, Janet L. Sundberg, Ira H. Bernstein

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The affect-cognition relationship and Zajonc's (1968) "mere exposure" hypothesis were examined in two studies that involved ratings of: (1) preference and familiarity for geometric forms previously scaled for complexity and (2) preference or height and familiarity for male yearbook pictures previously scaled for attractiveness or height. Two exceptions to his hypothesis were noted: simple geometric forms and unattractive faces showed satiation, and faces seen once before were rated more attractive than both novel faces and faces seen twice before. Moreover, mere exposure effects were noted with a nonaffective dimension (height). The major finding was that presentation frequency generally manifested independent relations to affect and rated familiarity, as well as to height and rated familiarity, therefore evoking a concurrent response process Eriksen, 1960).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-42
Number of pages10
JournalPerception & Psychophysics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Psychology(all)

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