Object-subject distance and the third person perception

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Two studies demonstrate that third person perceptions ate less dependent on ego-defensive mechanisms than previously thought. It is argued that people use intuitive notions of media dependency when they estimate the influence of media on different groups of others. Our results show that when the "others" that are the object of media influence are close to the subject of communication, people perceive less influence. This finding joins new research contrasting with the idea of the "social distance corollary.".

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-361
Number of pages27
JournalMedia Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2004

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Data collection was made possible through a grant to Yariv Tsfati, Jonathan Cohen, and Eli Avraham by the Edelstein Foundation for Population Studies. The project is also funded by a grant from the Israel Science Foundation. Both authors contributed equally to the preparation of the manuscript. We thank the anonymous reviewers, Nurit Tal-Or, and Eli Avraham for their helpful suggestions.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Applied Psychology


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