Impression Formation: Perceptual Accentuation, Primacy-Recency & Consistency


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What is an impression?

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1. According to the idea of perceptual accentuation, if I am subconsciously nervous of being judged, which of these traits am I most likely to magnify in my impression of a new person?

2. In impression formation, which part of the impression is described through primacy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Take this interactive quiz or print and complete the accompanying worksheet to quickly assess your comprehension of impression formation. Topics covered on these assessments include the definition of an impression and how primacy and recency are related to impression formation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz and worksheet to find out how much you know about the following:

  • What primacy and recency describe
  • Definition of an impression
  • Part of the impression in impression formation that is described through primacy
  • Traits a person magnifies in perceptual accentuation
  • What we base impressions on in the consistency factor of impression formation

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding consistency
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about primacy, recency and impression formation
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define key terms like impression
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding perceptual accentuation and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Accompanying this quiz and worksheet is an entertaining and informative lesson called Impression Formation: Perceptual Accentuation, Primacy-Recency & Consistency. Review this lesson to learn about the following:

  • Why our minds take part in impression formation
  • What your mind immediately does when you encounter a new situation or person
  • What the impressions we've stored throughout our lives define