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Social exclusion occurs when a person is left out of a group. This study explored the idea that high task engagement (e.g. Erber & Tesser 1992) may absorb negative affect associated with rejection. 48 participants watched an instance of social exclusion and then completed hard math problems, easy math problems, or sat quietly (control group). Participants’ then completed a basic needs scale to determine the extent the tasks absorbed their negative mood. No significant results were found.
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