Whistling in the Dark: Exaggerated Consensus Estimates in Response to Incidental Reminders of Mortality

  title={Whistling in the Dark: Exaggerated Consensus Estimates in Response to Incidental Reminders of Mortality},
  author={Tom Pyszczynski and Robert A. Wicklund and Stefan Floresku and H. Koch and Gerardine Gauch and Sheldon Solomon and Jeff Greenberg},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={332 - 336}
Terror management theory posits that cultural worldviews function to provide protection against anxiety concerning human vulnerability and mortality and that their effectiveness as buffers against such anxiety is maintained through a process of consensual validation Two field experiments were conducted to test the hypothesis that incidental reminders of one's mortality increase the need to believe that others share one's worldview In both studies, passersby on city streets were asked to… 

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