Helping the heart grow fonder during absence: Daydreaming about significant others replenishes connectedness after induced loneliness

@inproceedings{Poerio2016HelpingTH,
  title={Helping the heart grow fonder during absence: Daydreaming about significant others replenishes connectedness after induced loneliness},
  author={Giulia Lara Poerio and Peter Totterdell and L. F. Emerson and Eleanor Miles},
  booktitle={Cognition & emotion},
  year={2016}
}
People are known to engage in behaviours aimed at replenishing social connectedness after their sense of belonging is threatened. We explored whether the mental strategy of daydreaming about significant others could have similar effects by acting as an imaginary substitute when loved ones are unavailable. Following a loneliness induction, participants (N = 126) were asked to either daydream about a significant other, daydream about a non-social scenario or complete a control task. Social… CONTINUE READING