Title

When my object becomes me : the mere ownership of an object elevates domain-specific self-efficacy

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Applied Psychology

Publication Date

10-2017

Volume

66

Issue

4

First Page

710

Last Page

741

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Abstract

Past research on the mere ownership effect has shown that when people own an object, they perceive the owned objects more favorably than the comparable non-owned objects. The present research extends this idea, showing that when people own an object functional to the self, they perceive an increase in their self-efficacy. Three studies were conducted to demonstrate this new form of the mere ownership effect. In Study 1, participants reported an increase in their knowledge level by the mere ownership of reading materials (a reading package in Study 1a, and lecture notes in Study 1b). In Study 2, participants reported an increase in their resilience to sleepiness by merely owning a piece of chocolate that purportedly had a sleepiness-combating function. In Study 3, participants who merely owned a flower essence that is claimed to boost creativity reported having higher creativity efficacy. The findings provided insights on how associations with objects alter one's self-perception.

DOI

10.1111/apps.12099

Print ISSN

0269994X

E-ISSN

14640597

Funding Information

The research was supported by the Direct Grant (DR12C2) from Lingnan University given to the first author. {DR12C2}

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2017 International Association of Applied Psychology. Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

Full-text Version

Publisher’s Version

Language

English

Recommended Citation

Yeung, V. W. L., Loughnan, S., Kashima, Y., Lun, V. M. C. & Yeung, S. S.-S. (2017). When my object becomes me: The mere ownership of an object elevates domain-specific self-efficacy. Applied Psychology, 66(4), 710–741. doi: 10.1111/apps.12099

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