How Social Exclusion Affects The Feeling Of Physical Coldness

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Psychologists Chen-Bo Zhong and Geoffrey Leonardelli from the University of Toronto wanted to analyze the idea that social exclusion generates a physical response of coldness. In 2008, they did just that by carrying out an experimental study to address two questions in two different experiments; whether recall of a specific (social exclusion) event influences the feeling of physical coldness. The second experiment is based on the hypothesis of the first, given that coldness leads to the liking for warm or cold food. The present paper examines whether or not notions such as “cold and lonely” are expressions that can be applied to reality and not just an abstract illustration. Empirical evidence is adequately provided supporting the association of physical temperature and social exclusion, (Bargh, Chen, & Burrows, 1996) in which, Williams & Bargh (2008) illustrated that participants often showed preference to hot food and drink as opposed to cold due to our innate tendency to want warmth when we feel distant or excluded. Zhong and Leonardeli however, have further developed this idea by considering physical changes in temperature when socially excluded; thus exploring human needs such as warmth when concerned with social acceptance and inclusion.
The aim was clearly stated in the introduction, as-well as providing a generous amount of previous research to support their approach. Effectively, studies by Bargh, Chen, & Burrows (1996) gave explanations that can be used to explain…
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