Psychology: Projects in Progress

Title

Standing Out While Fitting In: The Need for Distinctiveness and Belonging in Sport Fans

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Junior

Major

Psychology

Minor

Biology

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dan Wann, Ph.D.

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Both the need for distinctiveness and the need for belonging are important aspects of mood and behavior (Sheldon & Bettencourt, 2002; Lynn & Snyder, 2002;). Individuals exhibit the need for both processes through the way they dress, speak, and behave (Tian, Bearden, & Hunter 2001). Feeling like a part of a group, or belonging, is a key factor in team identification for sport fans (Theodorakis, Wann, Nassis, & Luellen 2012; Wann, Fahl, Erdmann, & Littleton, 1999; Wann, Melnick, Russell, & Pease, 2001). This research program was created to determine to what level an individual's need to belong or stand out impacts their choice of sport team or type. Thus far three studies are being conducted. Results and future plans will be discussed.

Location

Classroom 210, Waterfield Library

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Affiliations

Psychology: Projects in Progress

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Standing Out While Fitting In: The Need for Distinctiveness and Belonging in Sport Fans

Classroom 210, Waterfield Library

Both the need for distinctiveness and the need for belonging are important aspects of mood and behavior (Sheldon & Bettencourt, 2002; Lynn & Snyder, 2002;). Individuals exhibit the need for both processes through the way they dress, speak, and behave (Tian, Bearden, & Hunter 2001). Feeling like a part of a group, or belonging, is a key factor in team identification for sport fans (Theodorakis, Wann, Nassis, & Luellen 2012; Wann, Fahl, Erdmann, & Littleton, 1999; Wann, Melnick, Russell, & Pease, 2001). This research program was created to determine to what level an individual's need to belong or stand out impacts their choice of sport team or type. Thus far three studies are being conducted. Results and future plans will be discussed.