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
AbstractABSTRACTThe 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.
|Journal series||Journal of Social Psychology, ISSN 0022-4545, (A 15 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.65|
|Keywords in English||affect contagion, liking, personality, similarity, socially induced affect|
|Publication indicators||: 2015 = 0.607; : 2015 = 0.772 (2) - 2015=1.203 (5)|
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