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Title: Enhancing the authenticity of assessments through grounding in first impressions
Authors: Huma, Bogdana
Keywords: First impressions
Discursive psychology
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Wiley © The British Psychological Society
Citation: HUMA, B., 2015. Enhancing the authenticity of assessments through grounding in first impressions. British Journal of Social Psychology, 54(3), pp.405-424.
Abstract: This article examines first impressions through a discursive and interactional lens. Until now, social psychologists have studied first impressions in laboratory conditions, in isolation from their natural environment, thus overseeing their discursive roles as devices for managing situated interactional concerns. I examine fragments of text and talk in which individuals spontaneously invoke first impressions of other persons as part of assessment activities in settings where the authenticity of speakers’ stances might be threatened: (1) in activities with inbuilt evaluative components and (2) in sequential contexts where recipients have been withholding affiliation to speakers’ actions. I discuss the relationship between authenticity, as a type of credibility issue related to intersubjective trouble, and the characteristics of first impression assessments, which render them useful for dealing with this specific credibility concern. I identify four features of first impression assessments which make them effective in enhancing authenticity: witness positioning (Potter, 1996, Representing reality: Discourse, rhetoric and social construction, Sage, London), (dis)location in time and space, automaticity, and extreme formulations (Edwards, 2003, Analyzing race talk: Multidisciplinary perspectives on the research interview, Cambridge University Press, New York).
Description: Closed access until 26 October 2016.
Sponsor: European Social Fund. Grant Number: SOPHRD 80765
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12089
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/16250
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12089
ISSN: 0144-6665
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Social Sciences)

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