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dc.contributor.authorCwir, David 13:45:20 (GMT) 13:45:20 (GMT)
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of the following research was to test the prediction that a sense of social connectedness to a stranger would result in the tendency to share psychological states with him/her. An overview of the literature on state sharing and the psychological merging between other and self is described in Chapter 1. The first test of my prediction is provided in Chapter 2 where I demonstrate that participants who are led to feel socially connected to a confederate--by sharing idiosyncratic preferences in common with her--resulted in the propensity to take on her goals. In Chapter 3, participants who felt connected to a confederate who was asked to complete a stressful speech task experienced more stress themselves. This effect occurred in part through a sense of felt “oneness” with the confederate. Chapter 4 extended these findings by showing that socially connected participants tended to experience secondary appraisal emotions in line with the confederate’s appraisal of the stressful speech task and this occurred through a sense of felt oneness with the confederate. In Chapter 5, participants who felt connected to an outgroup member tended to experience greater empathy for another outgroup member who experienced discrimination. The implications for social interaction in general and for intergroup relations in particular are discussed in Chapter 6.en
dc.publisherUniversity of Waterlooen
dc.subjectSocial Interactionen
dc.subjectSocial Connectionen
dc.subjectIntergroup Relationsen
dc.titleThe Power of Social Connections: Feelings of Connectedness Result in Sharing Goals, Emotions, and Intergroup Empathyen
dc.typeDoctoral Thesisen
dc.comment.hiddenThe experiment presented in Chapter 3 is in press in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. However, they do NOT require written permission to publish it as a thesis or dissertation. This statement is taken directly from their website: "What rights do I retain as a journal author*? As a journal author, you retain rights for a large number of author uses, including use by your employing institute or company. These rights are retained and permitted without the need to obtain specific permission from Elsevier. These include: ...the right to include the journal article, in full or in part, in a thesis or dissertation;" (this is point #8 on their list of author's rights)en
uws-etd.degreeDoctor of Philosophyen

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