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Can Cognitive Load Buffer Against the Negative Effects of Social Exclusion?

Grossheim, Tyler (2019) Can Cognitive Load Buffer Against the Negative Effects of Social Exclusion? Masters thesis, Radford University.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between cognitive load and the need satisfaction and mood reduction associated with being ostracized. Specifically, the hypotheses were that those under higher cognitive load would score higher on need satisfaction and report a more positive mood when ostracized as opposed to those under a lower load; and that those under high load would recover faster from the need reduction. Additionally, a separate analysis was conducted to determine if those who were ostracized, rather than included, were more persuaded by a common product review, as prior research suggested. Fifty-two college age participants were recruited. They were randomly placed into either high load or low load conditions (through use of a short or long password), then asked to play a round of Cyberball (a pre-programmed virtual ball-tossing game) where they would be randomly ostracized or included. They were then administered a series of measures to test need satisfaction and mood, need and mood recovery, persuasion, and working memory capacity. The results show that none of the above hypotheses were supported.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Tyler Grossheim
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2020 20:13
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2020 20:13
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/538

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