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That's easy for you to say: Action identification and speech fluency

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Title: That's easy for you to say: Action identification and speech fluency.
Name(s): Vallacher, Robin R., creator
Wegner, Daniel M., creator
Somoza, Maria P., creator
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 1989
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Physical Description: text/pdf[11p]
Language(s): English
Identifier: 2796529 (digitool), FADT2796529 (IID), fau:2650 (fedora)
FAU Department/College: Department of Psychology Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Note(s): Action identification theory holds that an action can be identified by the performer in different ways, and that these various act identities differ in their appropriateness for maintaining the action effectively. Optimal action identification exists when a personally easy action is identified in relatively high-level terms (i.e., the action's effects and implications) or a personally difficult action is identified in relatively low-level terms (i.e., the action's mechanical details). To test the optimality hypothesis with respect to speech fluency, subjects were asked to deliver a speech to either an easy-to-persuade audience or a difficult-to-persuade audience and induced to think about the action in either highlevel or low-level terms. As predicted, subjects made fewer speech errors and felt more satisfied with their performance when the task was personally easy and identified at high level and when the task was personally difficult and identified at low level. Optimal action identification made things easier for them to say.
This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record. The final published version is available online at and may be cited as Vallacher, Robin R., Daniel M. Wegner and Maria P. Somoza (1989) That's Easy For You to Say: Action Identification and Speech Fluency, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 56(2):199-208
Subject(s): Social psychology.
Motivation (Psychology).
Speech --Research.
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Restrictions on Access: ©1989 American Psychological Association.
Host Institution: FAU

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