Loneliness – the feeling that manifests when one perceives one’s social needs are not being met by the quantity or especially the quality of one’s social relationships – is a common but typically short-lived and fairly harmless experience. However, recent research continues to uncover a variety of alarming health effects associated with longterm loneliness. The present study examines the psychological mechanisms underlying how persons scoring high in trait loneliness perceive their social environments. Evaluations of transient facial expression morphs are analyzed in R using dynamical systems methods. We hypothesize that, consistent with Cacioppo and Hawkley’s socio-cognitive model, subjects scoring high in loneliness will exhibit hypervigilance in their evaluations of cold and neutral emotions and hypovigilance in their evaluations of warm emotions. Results partially support the socio-cognitive model but point to a relationship between loneliness and a global dampening in evaluations of emotions.
|School:||Florida Atlantic University|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social psychology, Psychology, Experimental psychology|
|Keywords:||Dynamical system, Emotion recognition, Loneliness, Nonlinear dynamic, Perceived social isolation, Social dnamic|
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