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Virtual People Help Real People Regulate Their Affect Relationally

Poster Session XII - Board: XII- 150
Sunday, May 30, 2010, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Grand Ballroom

Brian Lakey
Grand Valley State University

Arika Cronin
Grand Valley State University

We tested hypotheses that perceived support’s link to favorable affect reflects relational regulation through mundane conversation rather than discussions of stress and that viewing virtual people helps real people regulate affect. Perceived support and affect were significantly linked when participants viewed virtual people in the absence of conversations about stress.

Subject Area: Personality/Social
Keywords: Social Interpersonal Relationships

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