LEAD Graduate School & Research Network



Talk on "How Rejection Affects People"

Lecture by Roy Baumeister at the IWM, 6 June 2019

On June 6 at 2 pm (s.t.) Roy Baumeister will give a talk on "How Rejection Affects People" in Room 6.334, Schleichstr. 6, 72076 Tübingen (IWM).

Abstract: If the need to belong is one of the most important foundations of human motivation, then social rejection, which thwarts that need, should produce striking effects. This talk covers the past two decades'
work in my laboratory on how social rejection affects people. Their behavior changes drastically, including effects on aggression, helping, self-defeating behavior, intelligent performance, self-regulation, and the rational pursuit of enlightened self-interest. It explores cognitive factors and emotional ones. Surprisingly, the immediate impact of aggression appears to involve a numbness akin to shock reactions, characterized by a loss of emotion and even of sensitivity to pain.

Roy Baumeister is professor for social psychology at the University of Queensland (Brisbane / St. Lucia). He is one of the most cited psychologists and authors of several books communicating scientific insights to the public. For more details about him see: