Safety in Numbers: Why the Mere Physical Presence of Others Affects Risk‐taking Behaviors

Authors: Eileen Chou, Loran F. Nordgren

As social mammals, being in a group signals a state of relative security. Risk‐taking behavior in other social mammals formed the basis for our prediction that the mere physical presence of others, absent any social interaction, would create a psychological state of security that, in turn, would promote greater risk‐taking behavior.

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Not so lonely at the top: The relationship between power and loneliness

Authors: Eileen Chou, Adam Watz, Joe C. Magee, Adam D. Galinsky

Eight studies found a robust negative relationship between the experience of power and the experience of loneliness. Dispositional power and loneliness were negatively correlated (Study 1). Experimental inductions established causality: we manipulated high versus low power through autobiographical essays, assignment to positions, or control over resources, and found that each manipulation showed that high versus low power decreased loneliness (Studies 2a–2c). 

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