Death, Isolation, and Culture: Testing the Validities of Terror Management Theory and Coalitional Psychology

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Death, Isolation, and Culture: Testing the Validities of Terror Management Theory and Coalitional Psychology

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Title: Death, Isolation, and Culture: Testing the Validities of Terror Management Theory and Coalitional Psychology
Author: Ing, Jennifer
Advisor: Sternberg, Wendy; Le, Benjamin
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Psychology
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
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Issue Date: 2006
Abstract: Two empirical studies attempted 1) to compare the validities of terror management theory and coalitional psychology, 2) to extend past research on cultural influences on cognition, and 3) to examine the effects of mortality and social isolation salience on cognition. Experiment 1 examined the effects of cultural (collectivism or individualism) priming and salience (mortality, social isolation, or neutral) priming on performance on a field-dependence task and a causal attribution task. The results revealed no significant effects for the field-dependence task but a significant cultural priming effect on the attribution task. Experiment 2 examined the effects of cultural priming and salience priming on mortality, social isolation, or fear-thought accessibility as measured through a word completion task. The only significant effect that emerged was one of salience priming in which the neutral salience condition showed a greater accessibility for social isolation words. The implications of these results for both past and future research are discussed.
Subject: Terror
Subject: Coalitions
Subject: Cognition and culture
Subject: Death -- Psychological aspects
Subject: Social isolation
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/755

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Ing, Jennifer. "Death, Isolation, and Culture: Testing the Validities of Terror Management Theory and Coalitional Psychology". 2006. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/755.

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