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Emotional involvement in group discussions : an explorative study

Unterweger, A.J. (2022) Emotional involvement in group discussions : an explorative study.

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Abstract:This study explores the relationship of emotional involvement and group discussions. Group discussions are an inevitable part of modern academic and working life, and understanding what moves people’s behaviours and emotions in such discussions could provide valuable tools for facilitating better group discussions. Participants had an online discussion about student housing, in a group of three to four people. They were incentivised to come to a consensus about whether or not new student housing should be built. Next to participants’ emotional involvement, also their quantity of group participation, the amount of new information they introduced, and the types of arguments they used were assessed. Contrary to the researcher’s prospects, no significant results were found. This suggests that people’s level of emotional involvement in a certain topic does not correlate with their behaviour in group discussions about this topic, concerning the amount of engagement, the introduction of new information, and the types of arguments used. Recommendations for future research are given.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies, 77 psychology, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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