Love-hate neighbour relationship: shifts in neighbour effect of vote valence

Noh, Zamira and Goddard, Paul (2014) Love-hate neighbour relationship: shifts in neighbour effect of vote valence. In: 29th Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group Conference, 23 – 25 July 2014, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK.

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An analysis of contestants’ voting behaviours on the popular TV game show ‘The Weakest Link’ revealed a hitherto unknown neighbour effect. When contestants were asked to single out, and openly declare the ‘weakest’ member, they significantly avoided picking their direct neighbour (Goddard, Hylton, Parke & Noh, 2013). This study aimed to test whether this neighbour effect extends beyond the rarefied atmosphere of the TV studio. Participants (n=233) were year one undergraduates attending their first orientation lecture. They were each given an instruction sheet that indicated their unique seat number and they were asked to cast a vote for a fellow student in the lecture. Their vote either conferred a positive, neutral or negative outcome for its recipient, by either increasing, not-affecting or decreasing the number of raffle tickets accrued for a subsequent lottery for course related materials. The observed frequencies of votes were counted for each voter-candidate spatial relationship and then compared with the frequencies that would be expected purely due to chance alone. Participants that cast a negative vote demonstrated a significant neighbour effect by avoiding voting for their nearest neighbours. However, the reverse pattern was found for participants issuing a positive vote. We suggest that the neighbour effect is a robust and strong bias in decision-making, operating at an unconscious, implicit level. We consider the implications of these results for the wider community in the context of neighbourhood relationship.

Keywords:Community, Game Show, Neighbour Effect, Valence Effect, Weakest Link
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C880 Social Psychology
L Social studies > L110 Applied Economics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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Deposited On:31 Jan 2016 16:01

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