Disposition formation research receives top paper award at NCA 2023
PhD student Lucy Brown, Associate Professor Matthew Grizzard, Senior Lecturer Joe Francemone, Rebecca Frazer (PhD 23), PhD student Annie Dooley, PhD student Chas Monge and MA student Samantha Flanagan won a Top Paper Award in the Communication and Social Cognition Division for their paper “Victims of Circumstance: The Role of Behavior-Independent Events in the Disposition Formation Process” at the National Communication Association 109th Annual Convention in National Harbor, Maryland, Nov. 16-19.
This paper examined how narrative events outside of a character’s control might influence liking of that character. In two studies, a character who had a negative event befall her was liked more, while a character who had a positive event befall her was liked less – but only in certain contexts. This demonstrates how, beyond a character’s own behaviors, the narrative satisfaction or thwarting of specific egoistic intuitions (i.e., the character’s needs) can lead to unique effects on disposition formation (liking).