Date of Award

2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

Abstract

This study examined the perceived relational value of single individuals (compared to that of coupled individuals). I hypothesized that, participants would be more likely to make the conjunction fallacy in the single condition vs. the coupled condition, when asked whether or not it was more likely that the target person from the condition was a single teacher vs. teacher. The data supported my hypothesis: participants in the single condition were significantly more likely to make the conjunction fallacy than participants in the coupled condition. My study also tested whether or not the need to belong acted as a moderator for the findings in my first hypothesis. I expected to find that participants who had a high (versus low) need to belong would be more likely to make the conjunction fallacy in the single condition. The data did not support my hypothesis: whether or not participants made the conjunction fallacy did not significantly differ based on their need to belong scores.

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