Effects of Power on Person Perception: All Your Boss Can See is Agency

Aleksandra Cisłak-Wójcik


Three studies explored the relationship between power and the perception of others in terms of agency and communion. In Study 1, participants taking a manager perspective were more interested in the agency of their future employee than those asked to take a subordinate perspective were in the agency of their future employer. Moreover, they showed more interest in the agency than in the communion of their future employee. Study 2 extended these findings to perceptions of others unrelated to the context of work. In Study 3, participants taking the manager perspective favored agency traits in their employee more than those taking the subordinate perspective favored agency in their employer. This effect was mediated by an increased task orientation among those in positions of greater relative power. Using two manipulations and three dependent measures, power was found to enhance the focus on the agency dimension across the three studies, mediated by increases in orientation to tasks versus relationships.
Author Aleksandra Cisłak-Wójcik (Wydział Psychologii)
Aleksandra Cisłak-Wójcik,,
- Wydział Psychologii
Journal seriesSocial Psychology, [Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie], ISSN 1864-9335, e-ISSN 2151-2590, (A 20 pkt)
Issue year2013
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishpower, agency, communion, social perception
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology; 3312 Sociology and Political Science; 1201 Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous); 3207 Social Psychology
URL http://econtent.hogrefe.com/doi/abs/10.1027/1864-9335/a000139
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2014 = 0.789; WoS Impact Factor: 2013 = 1.19 (2) - 2013=1.343 (5)
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