St. Mary's College of Maryland Psychology Students, Alumni and Professors Present at Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference

St. Mary's College of Maryland students Katie Agate '21, Mason Drusano '22, Janna Mawuli '22, Sonder Van Wert '23, alumni Ceara Daugherty '20, Anna Moorehead '20, and assistant professors of psychology Gili Freedman and Kristina Howansky presented virtual posters at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) conference in mid-February 2021.

Agate, Drusano, Freedman and their collaborators presented "Ghosting in the Time of COVID." This work examined whether the COVID-19 pandemic has changed attitudes toward ghosting. In an exploratory study (N = 733) examining how attitudes toward ghosting have changed due to the pandemic, over half of participants reported the pandemic has influenced their feelings-with a majority reporting more negative feelings about ghosting. Participants who felt more threatened by COVID-19 also felt more negatively about individuals who ghost.

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