Contagion without contact: anticipatory mood matching in response to affiliative motivation.

  title={Contagion without contact: anticipatory mood matching in response to affiliative motivation.},
  author={Jeffrey R. Huntsinger and Janetta Lun and Stacey A Sinclair and Gerald L. Clore},
  journal={Personality & social psychology bulletin},
  volume={35 7},
We investigated whether the desire to have a smooth and pleasant interaction with an anticipated interaction partner caused participants' moods to become similar to their imminent partners' moods. We found evidence of anticipatory mood matching when participants were motivated to affiliate with a partner through goal priming (Experiments 1 and 2) and outcome dependency (Experiment 3). Prior research has demonstrated mood contagion arising from actual social interaction but these experiments… CONTINUE READING

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