Anger mediates the effect of ostracism on risk-taking

Elena Svetieva*, Lisa Zadro, Thomas F. Denson, Emily Dale, Kathleen O’Moore, Wu Yi Zheng

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The present research tested the effects of being ostracized on risk-taking behavior and how emotional responses to ostracism mediate these effects. In two experiments, undergraduates were either ostracized or included during an Internet ball-toss game (Cyberball). In Experiment 1 (N = 52), ostracism increased self-reported risk-taking inclinations, and the relation between ostracism and risk-taking was mediated by feelings of anger, but not control. In Experiment 2 (N = 72), ostracism increased risky driving during a driving video game. The effect of ostracism on risk-taking was again mediated by post-ostracism anger (but not control or ostracism-induced sadness). This research suggests that anger elicited by ostracism may increase risk-taking.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)614-631
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Risk Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2016


  • Anger
  • Emotion
  • Ostracism
  • Risk-taking


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