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Me, You vs. the World: The Role of Affiliative Motivation and Group Status on Social Tuning Public

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This experiment investigates if affiliative motivation and group membership influence social tuning. Seventy-six participants are led to believe they will interact with a partner who is either part of their in-group or out-group (group membership manipulation) for either 5 or 30 minutes (affiliative motivation condition). Participants learn that their partner is more prejudiced towards overweight people than their larger social group. Results show an interaction between affiliative motivation and group membership, such that those who have high affiliative motivation and an in-group partner tune towards their ostensible interaction partner and are more prejudiced towards the overweight.

  • This report represents the work of one or more WPI undergraduate students submitted to the faculty as evidence of completion of a degree requirement. WPI routinely publishes these reports on its website without editorial or peer review.
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  • 02/03/2021
  • E-project-050210-004444
  • 2010
Date created
  • 2010-05-02
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