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McAndrew, F. T., & De Jonge, C. R. (2011). Electronic person perception: What do we infer about people from the style of their e-mail messages? Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2(4), 403-407.  DOI:  10.1177/1948550610393988

Summary: This study examines different perceptions of passages based on the way they are written.  Participants responded to error-laden passages, perceiving the passages differently if they were written in third person or first person narrative.  This research reveals the importance of writing style in electronic correspondence.

Questions to consider:

  1. What elicited more positive evaluations in the email correspondence?
  2. What were the three different variables of interest related to writing style in the emails?
  3. What were the levels and coding associated with the measurements?
  4. The authors described a previous study that was similar to the one they conducted. What is the primary difference between two studies?