Fatal Attraction

  title={Fatal Attraction},
  author={Florette Cohen and Sheldon Solomon and Molly Maxfield and Tom Pyszczynski and Jeff Greenberg},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={846 - 851}
A study was conducted to assess the effects of mortality salience on evaluations of political candidates as a function of leadership style. On the basis of terror management theory and previous research, we hypothesized that people would show increased preference for a charismatic political candidate and decreased preference for a relationship-oriented political candidate in response to subtle reminders of death. Following a mortality-salience or control induction, 190 participants read… 

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