On the Social Consequences of the Desire for Motion
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Three studies investigated the effects of locomotion regulatory mode on individuals’ evaluations of social partners who disrupt the smooth forward motion of a social interaction. Locomotion was expected to increase individuals’ preference for smooth motion in social interactions. In turn, that preference was expected to lead to less positive evaluations of listeners who disrupted the “flow” of a social interaction. The results generally did not confirm the predictions. Theoretical and practical implications of the studies, as well as future directions for the research, are discussed.