Publication Date

2015

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Magliano, Joseph P.

Degree Name

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Department

Department of Psychology

LCSH

Cognitive psychology||Social psychology||Exile (Punishment)||Marginality, Social--Psychological aspects||Social isolation--Psychological aspects||Identity (Psychology)

Abstract

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.

Comments

Advisors: Joseph P. Magliano; John J. Skowronski.||Committee members: Amanda M. Durik; Randy J. McCarthy; Thomas J. Smith; Katja Wiemer.

Extent

61 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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