The Question-Answer Paradigm: You Might Regret Not Noticing How a Question Is Worded

Gün R. Semin, Christianne J. De Poot

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Abstract

In 2 experiments the authors investigated how verb choice in question formulation influences respondents' answers. These studies show that (a) as hypothesized, the choice of verb type (action vs. state) in forming a question influences interviewees' narratives systematically by impacting, inter alla, which individual is implicitly described as the causal originator of a social event; (b) interviewees are not aware of how their answers are manipulated; and (c) others who listen to or read the very same answers are sensitive to the linguistic differences in the narratives that are shaped by verb choices in question formulation. The implications of these findings for the self-fulfilling prophecy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472-480
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Volume73
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1997
Externally publishedYes

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