Influence of Implicit Beliefs and Visual Working Memory on Label Use


This study aims to examine the factors that influence the use of labels when making similarity decisions. We predict that a person’s visual working memory (VWM) ability and implicit beliefs can predict the frequency in which a subject will rely on labels when making similarity decisions. To test this hypothesis, participants completed a VWM task along with a questionnaire to study how they relate to label use. We found a negative trend between VWM ability and use of labels, but a direct relationship between certain implicit beliefs and label use. Implications of these results in relation to label use are also discussed.

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