Presentation Title: Computergames and Perceptions

Section: Predicting the Future III

Location: , 219

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 2:30pm - 2:45pm


Theory of mind (ToM), the understanding that people have differing thoughts, desires and intentions from our own, is typically viewed as a cognitive accomplishment during childhood and is fairly robust during adolescence and young adulthood. However, young adults do not always employ this skill in every day life, suggesting a discrepancy between the testing conditions for ToM and its actual use. In this study, participants (n=60) were randomly assigned to one of two conditions: ostracism (emotionally hot) or inclusion (emotionally cold). Following this manipulation, participants took part in two ToM tasks. One task required participants to read physical and emotional stories and answer questions (Strange Stories). Another task required participants to identify which of two images displayed more of a certain emotion (Two-Image Emotion task). I hypothesize that participants who are ostracized from the Cyberball game will perform worse on the subsequent ToM tasks. 

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: Psychology

Presentation Topic: Children

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Presenter Information
Presenter(s): Colombo, Marea Susanna
Major(s): Psychology
Class Year(s): 2013

Sponsor(s): Hofer, Barbara K.
Dept(s): Psychology Thesis Program

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