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Title: Influences of social distancing and attachment styles on the strength of the Halo effect
Authors: Gabrieli, Giulio
Lim, Yun Yee
Esposito, Gianluca
Keywords: Social sciences
Social sciences::Psychology
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Gabrieli, G., Lim, Y. Y. & Esposito, G. (2021). Influences of social distancing and attachment styles on the strength of the Halo effect. PloS One, 16(8), e0256364-.
Project: M4081597
Journal: PloS One 
Abstract: The Halo Effect is a widely studied phenomenon that interests multiple disciplines. The relationship between Aesthetics Appearance and perceived Trustworthiness has especially gathered the attention of social scientists. While experimental works compared the strength of the Halo Effect in different situations (e.g. different genders’ faces), little is known about the stability of the Halo. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been urged to distance ourselves from others. Similar suggestions may alter the relationship between Aesthetic Appearance and Perceived Trustworthiness. Moreover, previous works reported that individuals’ attachment styles affected their emotional responses to the pandemic. Individuals’ attachment styles may influence the magnitude of change of the Halo. Here we investigate how priming (Social Distancing or Contact with others) affects the strength of the Halo Effect, with respect to individuals’ attachment styles. Participants (N = 298) rated the Aesthetics and Perceived Trustworthiness of strangers’ faces (N = 96) presented twice, before and after the presentation of a prime. Results revealed that individuals’ attachment styles affect the strength of the Halo. However, we found no evidence supporting the fact that different attachment styles lead to differences in the magnitude of changes after priming. Results help shed light on how attachment styles influence individuals’ impression formation.
ISSN: 1932-6203
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0256364
DOI (Related Dataset): 10.21979/N9/2AMLSN
Rights: © 2021 Gabrieli et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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