The question-answer paradigm: You might regret not noticing how a question is worded

Gün R. Semin, Christianne J. De Poot
1997 Journal of Personality and Social Psychology  
In 2 experiments the authors investigated how verb choice in question formulation influences respondents' answers. These studies show that (a) as hypothesized, the choice of verb type (action vs, state) in forming a question influences interviewees' narratives systematically by impacting, inter alia, which individual is implicitly described as the causal originator of a social event; (b) interviewees are not aware of how their answers are manipulated; and (c) others who listen to or read the
more » ... n to or read the very same answers are sensitive to the linguistic differences in the narratives that are shaped by verb choices in question formulation. The implications of these findings for the self-fulfilling prophecy are discussed.
doi:10.1037/0022-3514.73.3.472 fatcat:j4bycfycvngrdg5hx7nro7bdne