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Title: A CHANGE OF PACE: SITUATED GOAL PURSUIT IN A JOINT FLANKER PARADIGM
Authors: LIM YI LIANG ZACHARY
Keywords: situated social cognition, goal pursuit, joint flanker paradigm
Issue Date: 13-Apr-2018
Citation: LIM YI LIANG ZACHARY (2018-04-13). A CHANGE OF PACE: SITUATED GOAL PURSUIT IN A JOINT FLANKER PARADIGM. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Situated social cognition is an emerging perspective that redefines the way we conceive the relationship between context and cognition. Cognition is distributed across the social environment and social actors to construct representations that adaptively guide behaviours in real time. Thus, context is not simply an afterthought but key to the theorisation of cognitive processes. Although goal pursuit has been shown to be influenced by social contexts, it has yet to be properly reconciled with a situated perspective. A situated social cognition account should demonstrate that individuals not only form online representations of another’s actions, but also their goals. To address this, the present study employed a novel joint flanker paradigm to investigate the situated nature of goal pursuit. It was hypothesised that performing the task with a ‘hasty’ or ‘cautious’ partner would affect the online goal representations that individuals construct to guide their own response strategy. Specifically, individuals would gradually shift their response strategy to match their partners’. The results indicated that a real-time shift in response strategy occurred when the situation was ambiguous as to how the task should be approached. The theoretical implications of situated goal pursuit as well as future directions are discussed.
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