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Two by Dr. Jie Sui and colleagues papers forthcoming in the Journal of Experimental Psychology  have been featured in the American Psychological Association Peeps highlight preview (see below). The work tested how self-association acts to provide a ‘glue’ to facilitate the integration of information in perception, when compared to other basic drivers of behaviour (i.e., reward), plus, in addition, how self-association impacts on personal perspective taking. The data show that redundant examples of self-related stimuli violate formal predictions of models assuming there is independent of each example, and that these redundant self examples are processed with super-capacity. Additionally, self-relevant perspectives are prioritized when they are actively engaged and when they can be subsumed within the first-person view.

Sui, J., Yankouskaya, A. & Humphreys, G. W. (in press). Super-capacity and violations of race independence for self- but not for reward-associated stimuli. Journal of Experimental Psychology, Human Perception and Performance.

Mattan, B., Quinn, K. A., Apperly, I. A., Sui, J., & Rotshtein, P. (in press). Is It Always Me First? Effects of Self-Tagging on Third-Person Perspective-Taking. Journal of Experimental Psychology, Learning, Memory and Cognition.