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Title: How do I obey thee?: The impact of gratitude on obedience
Authors: NG WEI XUAN
Keywords: gratitude, obedience, global affect, social influence
Issue Date: 23-Aug-2013
Citation: NG WEI XUAN (2013-08-23). How do I obey thee?: The impact of gratitude on obedience. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: There has been a strong research interest in factors predicting obedience since the publication of Stanley Milgram's obedience studies. Yet, no study has examined affective determinants of obedience. In this research, it was hypothesized that gratitude can increase acts of obedience. I tested this hypothesis in two studies using a modified version of Milgram's research paradigm. Study 1 found that participants' naturalistic feelings of gratitude were positively associated with the likelihood that they obeyed a surveyor's repeated instructions to fill up the same questionnaire over and over again. Study 2 demonstrated in the laboratory setting that participants induced to feel grateful were more likely to obey the experimenter's repeated instructions to drink water. Several mediators of this effect, like global affect, motivations and state self-esteem, were also explored.
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