Magliano, Joseph P.
Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)
Department of Psychology
Cognitive psychology; Social psychology; Exile (Punishment); Marginality; Social--Psychological aspects; Social isolation--Psychological aspects; Identity (Psychology)
This dissertation examined whether a perceiver's social motivation affected the probability of mentally adopting the viewpoint of another person, known as visuospatial perspective taking (VSPT). This dissertation extended VSPT research by altering a perceiver's socio-motivational state via social exclusion before completing a VSPT task.;Experiment 1 successfully demonstrated that perceivers spontaneously engaged in VSPT when another person was present in a stimulus photo relative to when another person was absent. Experiment 2 replicated this finding and demonstrated that socially included participants and socially excluded participants did not differ in their tendencies to exhibit VSPT. Experiment 3 replicated Experiment 2 and further demonstrated that, regardless of whether perceivers were exposed to a social inclusion manipulation or were exposed to a social exclusion manipulation, those perceivers tended to engage in VSPT at a rate similar to the rate observed in perceivers who were not exposed to a social motivation manipulation (control condition). These results suggest that the VSPT system is modular in nature and therefore unaffected by social motivation.
Clinton, James Anthony, "The impact of ostracism on visuospatial perspective taking" (2015). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 5865.
Northern Illinois University
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