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The Prioritization of Social Interactions: A Neurocognitive Perspective

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Title: The Prioritization of Social Interactions: A Neurocognitive Perspective
Author: Driscoll, Rachel L.
Department: Department of Psychology
Program: Psychology
Advisor: Fenske, Mark J.
Abstract: Neurocognitive theory was combined with tasks that examined behavioural consequences of social pain to understand the prioritization of social interactions. Participants played computerized ball-tossing tasks with putative players; one who passed to and one who excluded the participant from play. A nonsocial version of the task was created to target social rejection through comparison. Behavioural consequences were assessed by comparing the number of throws to each stimulus over the course of the task. Post-task questionnaires assessed subjective feelings. Being rejected caused behaviour change, participants avoiding the rejecting stimulus, only in the social version. Participants reported more negative feelings toward the rejecting stimulus in the social than the nonsocial version; however the social version predicted change in behaviour above and beyond negative subjective feelings experienced. This suggests that some factors specific to the social context impact the prioritization of interactions to a greater degree than similar rejection from a nonsocial source.
Date: 2014-09
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