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Social networks and positive and negative affect

Vukadinovic Greetham, D., Hurling, R., Osborne, G. and Linley, A. (2011) Social networks and positive and negative affect. Procedia Social and Behavioural Sciences, 22. pp. 4-13. ISSN 1877-0428

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.07.051

Abstract/Summary

We followed 100 university students in the UK for one week, instructing them to record all face-to-face, phone and digital contacts during the day as well as their positive and negative affect. We wanted to see how positive and negative affect spread around a social network while taking into account participants’ socio-demographic data, personality, general health and gratitude scores. We focused on the participants’ connections with those in their class; excluding friends and family outside this group. The data was analysed using actor-based models implemented in SIENA. Results show differences between positive and negative affect dynamics in this environment and an influence of personality traits on the average number and rate of communication.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Mathematics and Statistics > Centre for the Mathematics of Human Behaviour (CMOHB)
ID Code:24515
Additional Information:Proceedings of the Dynamics of Social Networks,7th Conference on Applications of Social Network Analysis - ASNA 2010
Publisher:Elsevier

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