Effects of social exclusion on cognitive processes: anticipated aloneness reduces intelligent thought.

@article{Baumeister2002EffectsOS,
  title={Effects of social exclusion on cognitive processes: anticipated aloneness reduces intelligent thought.},
  author={Roy F. Baumeister and Jean M. Twenge and Christopher K Nuss},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2002},
  volume={83 4},
  pages={817-27}
}
Three studies examined the effects of randomly assigned messages of social exclusion. In all 3 studies, significant and large decrements in intelligent thought (including IQ and Graduate Record Examination test performance) were found among people told they were likely to end up alone in life. The decline in cognitive performance was found in complex cognitive tasks such as effortful logic and reasoning; simple information processing remained intact despite the social exclusion. The effects… CONTINUE READING
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