Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Sara Lowmaster

Second Advisor

Holly Straub

Third Advisor

Michael Granaas


Borderline Personality Features, Borderline Personality Disorder, Rejection, Emotion Perception, Cyberball

Subject Categories



Deficits in interpersonal functioning are a core component of borderline personality disorder. Borderline personality disorder is generally associated with misperceptions of social cues including a tendency to perceive others as unfair and rejecting. There is evidence that individuals with subsyndromal borderline personality features also experience these negative outcomes. Furthermore, there is mixed evidence regarding whether individuals with borderline personality disorder have enhanced abilities or deficits in accurately identifying emotions. Therefore, this project examines how social context and borderline personality features affects an individual’s ability to accurately perceive emotions. Participants were randomly assigned to a Cyberball group (inclusion, rejection, overinclusion) and completed a series of self-report measures and an emotion perception task as well as played the Cyberball game. There was no significant main effect of Cyberball condition or borderline status on emotion perception and borderline personality features did not moderate the relationship. Although the findings of this study were not significant, looking at this model in a clinical sample might be beneficial.

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Psychology Commons



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