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Sensitizing the behavioral-immune system: The power of social pain

Murray, Sandra L and Xia, Ji and Lamarche, Veronica M and Seery, Mark D and McNulty, James K and Ward, Deborah E and Griffin, Dale and Hicks, Lindsey L (2022) 'Sensitizing the behavioral-immune system: The power of social pain.' Social Psychological and Personality Science. p. 194855062211077. ISSN 1948-5506 (In Press)

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Abstract

People who believe they are invulnerable to infectious diseases often fail to protect themselves against the disease threats that others pose to them. The current paper tests the hypothesis that social pain - the experience of feeling interpersonally hurt or rejected - motivates people who would otherwise discount the disease threat posed by COVID-19 to protect themselves against it. We conducted 4 daily diary studies involving 2794 participants who reported how hurt/rejected they felt by those they knew, how personally concerned they were about the spread of illness/COVID-19, and how vigilantly they engaged in 6 different self-protective behaviors each day. Meta-analyzing the lagged analyses from all 4 studies revealed robust, replicable evidence that people who believed they were invulnerable to infectious disease engaged in more concerted efforts to protect themselves against COVID-19 when they were in acute social pain.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19; social pain; self-protection; disease; behavioural-immune system
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2022 21:19
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 08:51
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/32930

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