From grumpy to cheerful (and back): How power impacts mood in and across different contexts

Leach, Stefan and Weick, Mario (2018) From grumpy to cheerful (and back): How power impacts mood in and across different contexts. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 79 . pp. 107-114. ISSN 0022-1031. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2018.05.004) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Although lay intuition and some academic theories suggest that power increases variability in mood, the prevailing view in the literature is that power elevates mood—a view that is not consistently borne out in empirical data. To rectify these discrepancies, we conducted five studies examining the impact of high and low power on mood in, and across, contexts of differing valence (negative vs. neutral vs. positive). Drawing on 19,710 observations from 1,042 participants, we found that high (vs. medium/control) power elevated, and low (vs. medium/control) power dampened, individuals’ mood at baseline/in neutral contexts and in positive contexts. However, neither high (vs. medium/control) power nor low (vs. medium/control) power modulated individuals’ mood in negative contexts. Overall, high (vs. medium/control) power tended to increase, and low (vs. medium/control) power decreased variability in mood across contexts (the former effect was marginally significant). We discuss how these findings corroborate, but also qualify, lay intuition and social psychological theories of power.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: social power, mood, context, variability
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre for the Study of Group Processes
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Organisational Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: M. Weick
Date Deposited: 16 May 2018 11:58 UTC
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2018 12:03 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/67049 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Weick, Mario: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7809-3003
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