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  • Exploring the Secrecy Burden: Secrets, Preoccupation, and Perceptual Judgments JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-GENERAL Slepian, M. L., Camp, N. P., Masicampo, E. J. 2015; 144 (2): E31-E42

    Abstract

    Recent work suggests that secrecy is perceived as burdensome. A secrecy-burden relationship would have a number of consequences for cognitive, perceptual, social, and health psychology, but the reliability of these influences, and potential mechanisms that support such influences are unknown. Across 4 studies, the current work examines both the reliability of, and mechanisms that support, the influence of secrecy processes upon a judgment that varies with diminished resources (i.e., judgments of hill slant). The current work finds that a manipulation of secret "size" fails to reliably predict judged hill slant, whereas measurement and manipulation of preoccupation with a secret does reliably predict judged hill slant. Moreover, these effects are found to be mediated by judged effort to keep the secret, consistent with a resource-based mechanism of the burdens of secrecy.

    View details for DOI 10.1037/xge0000052

    View details for Web of Science ID 000352323400002

    View details for PubMedID 25664989