On the automatic association between America and aggression for news watchers

Melissa J. Ferguson*, Ran R. Hassin

*Corresponding author for this work

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Across three experiments, the nonconscious perception of American cues increase the accessibility of aggressive constructs in memory, aggressive and negative judgments of other people, and aggressive displays of behavior following a mild provocation. These effects emerge only for American participants who regularly follow the American political news media. For American participants who do not follow the news, these effects are absent or tend to be in the opposite direction. Participants' political party orientation (Republican vs. Democratic) does not moderate any of the results. Interpretations and implications of the findings are discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1632-1647
Number of pages16
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2007


  • Aggression
  • Ideology
  • Implicit social cognition
  • Nationalism


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