We hypothesized that aversion to ambiguous situations and overreliance on bodily cues are positively related to people's tendency to make erroneous attributions of internal experiences. To test this prediction, we examined the relationship between the priming effect in the Affect Misattribution Procedure (AMP) and two personality traits: need for cognitive closure (NFCC) and body awareness (BA). Across four studies (total n = 3,538), priming in the AMP was weakly but reliably related to NFCC and BA. Further, direct ratings of the primes used in the AMP were positively related to NFCC and BA, and might partially explain the relation between the personality traits and priming in the AMP. The results advance knowledge about the AMP and the personality traits related to it, as well as about misattribution.
- Affect misattribution procedure
- Body awareness
- Need for closure