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

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dc.contributor.advisor Le, Benjamin
dc.contributor.advisor Sternberg, Wendy
dc.contributor.author Ing, Jennifer
dc.date.accessioned 2007-02-28T20:31:46Z
dc.date.available 2007-02-28T20:31:46Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/755
dc.description.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.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Psychology
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
dc.subject.lcsh Terror
dc.subject.lcsh Coalitions
dc.subject.lcsh Cognition and culture
dc.subject.lcsh Death -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Social isolation
dc.title Death, Isolation, and Culture: Testing the Validities of Terror Management Theory and Coalitional Psychology
dc.type Thesis
dc.rights.access Open Access


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