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  • Pride and Social Status FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY Bollo, H., Bothe, B., Toth-Kiraly, I., Orosz, G. 2018; 9
  • On the Determinants and Outcomes of Passion for Playing Pokemon Go FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY Orosz, G., Zsila, A., Vallerand, R. J., Boethe, B. 2018; 9: 316


    In 2016, Pokémon Go became the most popular smartphone game. Despite the increasing popularity of this augmented reality game, to date, no studies have investigated passion for playing Pokémon Go. On the theoretical basis of the Dualistic Model of Passion (DMP), our goal was to investigate the associations between Pokémon Go playing motives, passion, and impulsivity. A total of 621 Pokémon Go players participated in the study (54.9% female; Mage = 22.6 years, SDage = 4.4). It was found that impulsivity was more strongly associated with obsessive passion (OP) than with harmonious passion (HP). HP was associated with adaptive motives (i.e., outdoor activity, social, recreation, and nostalgia), while OP was associated with less adaptive motives (i.e., fantasy, escape, boredom, competition, and coping). Therefore, in line with the DMP, HP and OP for playing Pokémon Go can predict an almost perfectly distinguished set of adaptive or maladaptive playing motives, and OP has a noteworthy relationship with impulsivity as a determinant.

    View details for DOI 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00316

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  • The personality, motivational, and need-based background of problematic Tinder use. Journal of behavioral addictions Orosz, G., Benyó, M., Berkes, B., Nikoletti, E., Gál, É., Tóth-Király, I., Bőthe, B. 2018: 1–16


    Background and aims Tinder is a geo-located online dating application, which is present in almost 200 countries and has 10 million daily users. The aim of the present research was to investigate the motivational, personality, and basic psychological need-related background of problematic Tinder use. Methods After qualitative pretest and item construction, in Study 1 (N = 414), confirmatory factor analysis was conducted to corroborate the different motivational factors behind Tinder use. In Study 2 (N = 346), the associations between Big Five traits, Tinder motivations, and problematic Tinder use were examined with structural equation modeling (SEM). In Study 3 (N = 298), the potential role of general self-esteem, relatedness need satisfaction, and frustration in relation to Tinder-use motivations and problematic Tinder use was examined with SEM. Results In Study 1, a 16-item first-order factor structure was identified with four motivational factors, such as sex, love, self-esteem enhancement, and boredom. In Study 2, problematic Tinder use was mainly related to using Tinder for self-esteem enhancement. The Big Five personality factors were only weakly related to the four motivations and to problematic Tinder use. Counterintuitively, Study 3 showed that instead of global self-esteem, relatedness need frustration was the strongest predictor of self-esteem enhancement Tinder-use motivation which, in turn, was the strongest predictor of problematic Tinder use. Discussion Four motivational factors were identified as predictors of problematic use with need frustration being a relevant background variable instead of general personality traits.

    View details for DOI 10.1556/2006.7.2018.21

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  • Investigating the Multidimensionality of Need Fulfillment: A Bifactor Exploratory Structural Equation Modeling Representation STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELING-A MULTIDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL Toth-Kiraly, I., Morin, A. S., Bothe, B., Orosz, G., Rigo, A. 2018; 25 (2): 267–86
  • The paradoxical effect of climate on time perspective considering resource accumulation BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES Orosz, G., Zimbardo, P. G., Bothe, B., Toth-Kiraly, I. 2017; 40: e92


    Considering purely climate, southern countries are less harsh and more predictable than northern countries. From a historical perspective, freezing winters resulting in fewer available resources contribute to the development of strong future orientation. The paradox is that future orientation contributes to accumulation of resources in the long run, making individuals' immediate living conditions less harsh, leading to slower life strategies.

    View details for DOI 10.1017/S0140525X16001072

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  • Academic cheating and time perspective: Cheaters live in the present instead of the future LEARNING AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES Orosz, G., Dombi, E., Toth-Kiraly, I., Bothe, B., Jagodics, B., Zimbardo, P. G. 2016; 52: 39-45
  • Social Representations of Hero and Everyday Hero: A Network Study from Representative Samples. PloS one Keczer, Z., File, B., Orosz, G., Zimbardo, P. G. 2016; 11 (8)


    The psychological investigation of heroism is relatively new. At this stage, inductive methods can shed light on its main aspects. Therefore, we examined the social representations of Hero and Everyday Hero by collecting word associations from two separate representative samples in Hungary. We constructed two networks from these word associations. The results show that the social representation of Hero is more centralized and it cannot be divided into smaller units. The network of Everyday Hero is divided into five units and the significance moves from abstract hero characteristics to concrete social roles and occupations exhibiting pro-social values. We also created networks from the common associations of Hero and Everyday Hero. The structures of these networks show a moderate similarity and the connections are more balanced in case of Everyday Hero. While heroism in general can be the source of inspiration, the promotion of everyday heroism can be more successful in encouraging ordinary people to recognize their own potential for heroic behavior.

    View details for DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0159354

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