Mortality salience and the spreading activation of worldview-relevant constructs: exploring the cognitive architecture of terror management.

@article{Arndt2002MortalitySA,
  title={Mortality salience and the spreading activation of worldview-relevant constructs: exploring the cognitive architecture of terror management.},
  author={Jamie Arndt and Jeff D Greenberg and Alison Cook},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. General},
  year={2002},
  volume={131 3},
  pages={307-24}
}
Seven experiments assessed the hypothesis derived from terror management theory that reminding people of their mortality would increase accessibility of constructs central to their worldview. Experiment 1 found that mortality primes, relative to control primes, increased accessibility of nationalistic constructs for men but not for women. Experiment 2 replicated this finding and also found that mortality salience increased romantic accessibility for women but not for men. Four subsequent… CONTINUE READING

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