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Beliefs about Change and Predicted Future Health Status

Abstract Beliefs about change reflect how we understand phenomena and what kind of predictions we make for the future. Cyclical beliefs about change state that events are in a constant flux, and change is inevitable. Linear beliefs about change state that events happen in a non-fluctuating pattern and change is not commonplace. Cultural differences in beliefs about change have been documented across various domains, but research has yet to investigate how these differences may affect health status predictions. The present study addresses this gap by inducing different beliefs about change in a European-American college sample. Health status predictions were measured in terms of predicted likelihood of exposure to the flu virus, of contraction of the... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Kim, Hyoyeon (Author) / Kwan, Virginia S. Y. (Advisor) / Neuberg, Steven L. (Committee member) / Cohen, Adam B. (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Social psychology / beliefs about change / cultural priming / cyclical beliefs / flu / linear beliefs / vaccine
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 104 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. Psychology 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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