Misattribution of arousal

Misattribution of arousal - Occurs among friend groups...

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Misattribution of arousal: explaining emotion-driven behaviors Process whereby people make mistaken inferences about what is causing them to feel the way they do 2 factor theory of emotions o Physiological arousal o Assignment of a cognitive label o Where are we most likely to go wrong? o All p’s were men o 2 conditions: men were asked to cross a high bridge, some were told to go rest at a bench. Female approached men and asked to fill out a survey. o DV: Did the men call her for a date? o Those approached on the bridge called 65% of the time, misattribution of arousal o Social comparison – comparing ourselves to other Social comparison theory (Festinger, 1954) When? o No objective standards are available o Self-esteem motives o To place self With whom? 2 types o Downward – compare ourselves to people who are worse than we are on a particular trait o Upward – comparing ourselves to people who are better than we are on a particular trait Social tuning – changing our attitudes to fit somebody else’s opinions
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Unformatted text preview: Occurs among friend groups Occurs when we want somebody to like us Occurs unconsciously, not deliberately to smooth social relations Self-evaluation maintenance model 2 fundamental self-evaluative processes o Comparison process comparing our own performance o Reflection process taking pride in others o Key parameters: Relevance of the domain TROUBLE when activity is central to our self-esteem Closeness (of the outperforming other) TROUBLE when we are close to the other person Performance TROUBLE when performance of the other is higher than ours o To reduce discomfort - distance self, change how relevant the task is to self, change your performance relative to the other o Basking in Reflected Glory (BIRGing) Relevance- activity is not central to our self-esteem Closeness close to the other person Performance performance of other person is high...
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course PSYC 260 taught by Professor Traceycallison during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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