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Allison Farrell, University of Minnesota
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2015 Heritage Dissertation Award Recipient

Behavioral, Cognitive, Affective, and Physiological Consequences of Relationship Power During Conflict

My dissertation tests how the power individuals hold in their romantic relationships affects their stress responses to relationship conflict, and how positive relationship perceptions can buffer low power partners from stress. I expect that relationship power should predict differences in behavioral (e.g., hostility), cognitive (e.g., empathic accuracy), emotional (e.g., anger), and physiological (e.g., skin conductance) outcomes, and that positive relationship perceptions should moderate these effects.


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