Investigating emotional and behavioural responses to observing ostracism and associations with autistic traits

Allegra Di Francesco

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

Witnessing social exclusion elicits an experience of vicarious ostracism, enhanced in those with high trait empathy. Across four studies this thesis examines associations between autistic traits (AT), empathy and responses to observing exclusion. Findings indicate that adults with high AT recognise someone being excluded and report vicarious ostracism, but in some circumstances show diminished empathic concern compared to adults with low AT, in-part explained by trait empathy. The thesis also makes a significant contribution to exclusion literature, showing that passively observing social exclusion elicits greater emotional responses than being actively involved in a situation in which someone is excluded.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Fox, Allison, Supervisor
  • Maybery, Murray, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date3 Nov 2023
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023

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