research product . 2022

Voice of concern: Accents as evidence for in-group avoidance during the COVID-19 pandemic

Calkins, Kasandra;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Apr 2022
  • Country: Canada
Abstract
Current research on the behavioral immune system postulates that avoiding out-group members is one strategy that individuals use to avoid contracting infection. The present study tested whether different news headlines related to the COVID-19 pandemic would evoke a disgust reaction in Canadian native-speaker participants by altering their perceptions of accent similarity to 3 different groups of speakers: native speakers of English, and speakers with both familiar and unfamiliar foreign accents. Participants were primed with news headlines unrelated to COVID-19 in the control condition, which preceded the two COVID conditions presenting headlines either emphasiz...
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Medical Subject Headings: psychological phenomena and processesbehavioral disciplines and activitiesbehavior and behavior mechanismseducation
free text keywords: Accents, COVID-19, Disgust Sensitivity, Psycholinguistics
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