Social exclusion and early-stage interpersonal perception: selective attention to signs of acceptance.

@article{DeWall2009SocialEA,
  title={Social exclusion and early-stage interpersonal perception: selective attention to signs of acceptance.},
  author={C. Nathan DeWall and Jon K. Maner and D Aaron Rouby},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2009},
  volume={96 4},
  pages={729-41}
}
Social exclusion can thwart people's powerful need for social belonging. Whereas prior studies have focused primarily on how social exclusion influences complex and cognitively downstream social outcomes (e.g., memory, overt social judgments and behavior), the current research examined basic, early-in-the-cognitive-stream consequences of exclusion. Across 4 experiments, the threat of exclusion increased selective attention to smiling faces, reflecting an attunement to signs of social acceptance… CONTINUE READING

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