inhibition theory

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in·hib·i·tion the·o·ry

(inhi-bishŭn thēŏr-ē)
Notion that during the performance of a mental task, a person alternates between states of distraction and attention.
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Drawing on the power, approach, and inhibition theory (Keltner, Gruenfeld, & Anderson, 2003) and the compensation motivation of consumption (Rucker & Galinsky, 2009), we proposed that how much individuals in social exclusion indulge in conspicuous consumption would vary according to their power state.
According to the power, approach, and inhibition theory (Keltner et al., 2003), a high-power state leads to an active approach system that triggers approach-related positive emotions and behavioral tendencies (Anderson & Berdahl, 2002).

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