Date of Award
Master of Science
This study tested the competing predictions made by both Terror Management Theory and coalitional psychology regarding the effects of mortality-salience primes by inspecting the effects mortality-salience primes had on shifting how participants valued personal possessions. The hypotheses of this study were: If Terror Management Theory was correct, only after completing the mortality-salience prime would participants value personal possessions for their symbolically expressive connecting properties, and if coalitional psychology was correct then completing either the mortality-salience of theft-salience primes would result in participants valuing personal possessions for their instrumental status and group membership functions. Possession functions were measured using the Possession Functions Inventory (Gorgen, Vallerga, Smith, & Oyamot, 2009). An ANCOVA was used to test the hypothesis in order to account for age and sex covariates. There were no significant findings. Suggestions for future replications include obtaining a larger age range.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Torres, Carlos, "An Experimental Comparison Between Terror Management Theory and Coalitional Psychology Theory" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 583.