Power and self-ascription of agency and communion

Magdalena Marszał-Wiśniewska , Magdalena Siembab


The present research refers to the relation between power and the selfascription of agency and communion. One hundred and twenty participants—students of non-psychology majors—took part in the experiment conducted via the Internet. The participants were randomly assigned to three groups differing in the level of power primed: high power, low power and no power. The power was primed by having the participants recall situations of being in power over someone else (high power), being under someone else’s power (low power) or situations unrelated to power (no power). Participants’ self-ascription of agency and communion was measured twice—before and after power priming. Results showed that low power increases the self-ascription of communion whereas high power decreases the selfascription of agency. The decrease in self-ascription of agency as a result of high power priming was influenced by the kind of interest pursued in stories described by the participants in the power priming task. This decrease was revealed only in the case of participants acting in another’s interest. The results are discussed in light of past research and possible implications.
Author Magdalena Marszał-Wiśniewska (Wydział Psychologii)
Magdalena Marszał-Wiśniewska,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Magdalena Siembab
Magdalena Siembab,,
Journal seriesCurrent Psychology, ISSN 1046-1310, (A 20 pkt)
Issue year2012
Publication size in sheets0.5
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
URL https://www.researchgate.net/publication/257771899_Power_and_the_Self-Ascription_of_Agency_and_Communion
Languageen angielski
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