- Tyler Jimenez, Univ. of Missouri
- Jamie Arndt, Univ. of Missouri
Previous research suggests two hypotheses on how mortality salience (MS) affects need for cognition (NFC). As MS increases worldview defense, it may lessen need for individual thought. Conversely, MS motivates asserting the uniqueness of humans over other animals, which may increase the appeal of thinking. We found that MS decreased NFC. Possible explanations and future directions are discussed.