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Graupmann, Verena; Pfundmair, Michaela; Matsoukas, Peter; Erber, Ralph (2016): Rejection Via Video The Impact of Observed Group and Individual Rejection. In: Social Psychology, Vol. 47, No. 6: pp. 345-350
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This study introduces an easy-to-implement, controlled, vivid, and functional rejection paradigm. Participants empathized with the protagonist of a video who was rejected or accepted individually or as part of a group. In the rejection condition, more perceived exclusion and lower basic need fulfillment were reported. The paradigm also induced nuance in situational factors: Observing somebody being rejected as part of a group led to less pronounced reactions than individual rejection. The video-based rejection paradigm taps into the less studied area of group rejection and offers a new method to test established and novel theoretical predictions.