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Social Psychology and Society

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2221-1527

ISSN (online): 2311-7052

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/sps

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Construal-Level Theory of Psychological Distance (by N.Liberman. Y.Trope)

Krivosheina I.V., MSc Applied Social psychology, Department of Psychology, National Research University 'Higher School of Economics', krivosheina.irina@gmail.com
Kotov A.A., Ph.D. in Psychology, Senior Researcher, Laboratory for cognitive research, Department of Psychology, National Research University 'Higher School of Economics', Moscow, Russia, akotov@hse.ru
Abstract
H. Lieberman’s, and J. Troup’s Construal-Level Theory of Psychological Distance is widely known in the English sources of social psychology. Wherein, it is used to explain various phenomena and cognitive memory research, perception and categorization. The review describes the basic tenets of the theory, concerning the relationship of psychological distance and the level of constructs. A brief description and basic key studies of different topics within the theory are included. The importance of the theory constructs at different levels of social cognition is stressed. Basic concepts of the theory are given to describe and explain various phenomena of social cognition. The key researches in the field of the theory are described to deal with such phenomena as the fundamental attribution error, the prediction of social events, behavioral intentions, self-control, goals and means of action. In conclusion, issues that remain unsolved at the present stage of development of the theory are discussed. The study was implemented in the framework of the Basic Research Program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in 2016, and partially supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), grant 15-06-02233 A., “Automatic activation of actions with objects: control mechanisms and conditions of occurrence”.

Keywords: Construal-Level Theory, Psychological Distance, Categorization, Social Cognition

Column: Theoretical Research

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/sps.2016070401

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