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Terror Management Theory Colloquium

Terror Management Theory (TMT), as described by Psychology Today, posits that "the anxiety caused by mortality is a major motivator behind many human behaviors and cognitions, including self-esteem, ethno/religio-centrism, and even love.” Join the UCCS International Honor Society in Psychology student club for two academic research presentations, followed by discussion, on how TMT influences everyday life, from politics to attitudes toward older adults.

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Scared to Death of Donald Trump: Terror Management Theory and the 2016 Presidential Election -- presented by Sharlynn Thompson

Does the fear of death affect politics in the USA? A series of studies, based on terror management theory, were conducted before and after the 2016 Presidential election. The results suggest that subconscious fears of death contributed to the election of Donald Trump and continue to affect policy and support. An overview of the theory, research, and implications will be discussed.

Less Human Than Other Nurses: Attributions of Unique Humanness Toward An Older Adult as a Recipient of Care -- presented by JoAnna Dieker, UCCS Doctoral Student in Geropsychology

This experimental study examined attributions of unique humanness toward an older adult as a recipient of care in a nursing facility and other nurses in a sample of nursing students and professionals using a Terror Management Theory framework. Compared to nursing professionals with more experience, nursing students were more likely to rate the older adult as lower in uniquely human traits (intellectual, rational, shallow, hardhearted) whereas they rated other nurses as higher in uniquely human traits. Findings suggest educational efforts aimed at addressing attitudes toward older adults may be beneficial in nursing education. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 1:45pm to 2:45pm
This is a past event.

University Center, 124
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

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