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An inkblot for sexual preference: A semantic variant of the Affect Misattribution Procedure
Imhoff, Roland [Univ Bonn, D-53111 Bonn, Germany.]
Schmidt, Alexander F. mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE)]
Bernhardt, Johanna [Univ Bonn, D-53111 Bonn, Germany.]
Dierksmeier, Andreas [Univ Bonn, D-53111 Bonn, Germany.]
Banse, Rainer [Univ Bonn, D-53111 Bonn, Germany.]
Cognition and Emotion
Psychology Press
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[en] Affect Misattribution Procedure ; Sexual preference ; Indirect measure ; Semantic priming
[en] A newly developed Semantic Misattribution Procedure (SMP), a semantic variant of the Affect Misattribution Procedure (AMP), was used in three studies as an indirect measure of sexual interest. Using a known-group approach, homosexual men (Studies 1 and 2), heterosexual men (Studies 1 to 3) and heterosexual women (Study 3) were asked to guess the meaning of briefly presented Chinese ideographs as osexualo or onot sexualo. The ideographs were preceded by briefly presented primes depicting male and female individuals of varying sexual maturity. As hypothesised, the frequency of osexualo responses increased after priming with pictures of individuals of the preferred sex and increasing sexual maturation. The SMP showed satisfactory reliability and convergent validity as indicated by correlations with direct and two indirect measures of sexual interest. In two further studies, the hypothesised pattern was replicated whereas a standard AMP with the identical prime stimuli did not produce this result. The potential usefulness of semantic variants of the AMP is discussed.

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