Do I Mirror Your Mood if We’re Peas in a Pod? Similarity and Liking in the Social Induction of Affect

Monika Wróbel , Klara Królewiak , Anna Z. Czarna

Abstract

ABSTRACTThe present study investigates whether similarity in personality traits between a sender displaying affect and a receiver observing it influences the social induction of affect. We hypothesized that exposure to a similar sender would foster concordant affective reactions, whereas exposure to a dissimilar sender would foster discordant ones. To induce affect, we used short videos presenting a sender displaying happy versus sad emotional expressions. To manipulate personality similarity, we used a software program to generate brief bogus descriptions of the sender based on the receivers’ prior responses to personality items. Our results demonstrated that dissimilarity led to decreased liking and, as a result, reduced the tendency to react with concordant affect to a happy sender’s emotional expression. However, we found no evidence supporting the induction of discordant affective reactions.
Author Monika Wróbel
Monika Wróbel,,
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, Klara Królewiak (Wydział Psychologii)
Klara Królewiak,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Anna Z. Czarna
Anna Z. Czarna,,
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Journal seriesJournal of Social Psychology, ISSN 0022-4545, (A 15 pkt)
Issue year2015
Vol155
No6
Pages636-649
Publication size in sheets0.65
Keywords in Englishaffect contagion, liking, personality, similarity, socially induced affect
ASJC Classification3207 Social Psychology
DOIDOI:10.1080/00224545.2015.1047437
URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00224545.2015.1047437 <p>
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2015 = 0.607; WoS Impact Factor: 2015 = 0.772 (2) - 2015=1.203 (5)
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