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dc.contributor.advisorFujita, Kentaro
dc.creatorHoppert, Jaimie
dc.description.abstractFitzsimons and Shah (2008) demonstrate that relationships are used as instruments to further goals, and that helpful others are drawn closer than those harmful others. Other research looks at when goals are more likely to be pursued (Fujita, Trope, Liberman, & Levin-Sagi, 2006). Abstract thought leads to better goal pursuit than concrete thought. People thinking abstractly should show the pattern found in Fitzsimons and Shah (2008) more than those at the concrete level. One should form relationships more strategically at the abstract level than a person who is thinking concretely. To test this, my study design included a questionnaire of goals and asked for names of Helpers and Hurters of those goals. A task was completed to invoke a tendency for abstract or concrete thought. Participants list a category (abstract) or an exemplar (concrete) for a given word 40 times. Finally, a closeness questionnaire asked participants to rate closeness to the Helpers and Hurters listed previously. Fitzsimons and Shah’s (2008) work was replicated, but level of abstraction did not have an impact on closeness ratings.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThe College of Arts and Sciences Research Granten
dc.description.sponsorshipThe Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Scholarshipen
dc.publisherThe Ohio State Universityen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesThe Ohio State University. Department of Psychology Honors Theses; 2009en
dc.subjectConstrual Level Theoryen
dc.subjectAbstract Thoughten
dc.titleThe Effects of Abstract Thought on Perceived Closeness to Othersen
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