Event Title

Neural Activity in a Chat Room Environment

Graduation Year

2014

Location

Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

12-4-2014 9:00 AM

End Date

12-4-2014 10:00 AM

Description

The present study used a chat room paradigm to examine the effects of social ostracism on brain activity in the frontal lobe via EEG. Previous research has suggested that frontal lobe activity changes during the experience of social ostracism. Participants were placed in a chat room with two other individuals. Unknown to participants, these individuals were actually confederates in the study. This experiment consisted of three primary phases. In the first phase, confederates actively included the participant in the chat room conversation. In the second phase, they were completely ignored (social ostracism). Confederates re-included the participant in the last phase of the chat room conversations. The purpose of the present study was to investigate what variables may influence the experience of social ostracism, such as gender and attractiveness of the ostracizing students.

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Neural Activity in a Chat Room Environment

Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

The present study used a chat room paradigm to examine the effects of social ostracism on brain activity in the frontal lobe via EEG. Previous research has suggested that frontal lobe activity changes during the experience of social ostracism. Participants were placed in a chat room with two other individuals. Unknown to participants, these individuals were actually confederates in the study. This experiment consisted of three primary phases. In the first phase, confederates actively included the participant in the chat room conversation. In the second phase, they were completely ignored (social ostracism). Confederates re-included the participant in the last phase of the chat room conversations. The purpose of the present study was to investigate what variables may influence the experience of social ostracism, such as gender and attractiveness of the ostracizing students.