The disruptive effect of self-objectification on performance

Diane M. Quinn, Rachel W. Kallen, Jean M. Twenge, Barbara L. Fredrickson

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Self-objectification is the act of viewing the self, particularly the body, from a third-person perspective. Objectification theory proposes numerous negative consequences for those who self-objectify, including decreased performance through the disruption of focused attention. In the current study, we examined whether women in a state of self-objectification were slower to respond to a basic Stroop color-naming task. Results showed that regardless of the type of word (color words, body words, or neutral words), participants in a state of self-objectification exhibited decreased performance. This study lends further evidence to objectification theory and highlights the negative performance ramifications of state self-objectification.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-64
Number of pages6
JournalPsychology of Women Quarterly
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


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