Project Information

Kurt Lewin Instituut
Heidelberglaan 1
Room Number H1.42
3584 CS UTRECHT
The Netherlands
T: +31 (0)30 - 253 3027

Project Information

Project Title
"Strategic Disclosure of Belonging"

Institute
Tilburg University - Social Psychology

PhD Student
Erdem Ozan Meral

Supervisor(s)
Ilja van Beest
Erik van Dijk
Dongning Ren
Yvette van Osch

Period
1 September 2017 - 31 August 2021

Funding
Nvt


Summary

People have the fundamental need to belong. Social exclusion (also referred to as ostracism) threatens people’s sense of belonging and results in a wide range of negative effects (e.g., social pain, stress, low self-esteem, and antisocial behaviors). While existing literature has largely focused on these consequences of exclusion, the current project aims to further the understanding of social exclusion by investigating how people disclose their sense of belonging. Prior research shows that people strategically misrepresent information about payoffs hoping to increase their payoffs; we speculate that, similarly, people strategically disclose their belonging information in order to increase their chances to re-connect with others. To investigate this research question, we will use experimental methods and adopt a multi-perspective approach (targets, sources, and outsiders).


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