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Through the looking glass: Focusing on long-term goals increases immanent justice reasoning.

Callan, Mitch J., Harvey, Annelie J., Dawtry, Rael J., Sutton, Robbie M. (2013) Through the looking glass: Focusing on long-term goals increases immanent justice reasoning. British Journal of Social Psychology, 52 (2). pp. 377-385. ISSN 0144-6665. (doi:10.1111/bjso.12022) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Immanent justice reasoning involves causally attributing a negative event to someone's prior moral failings, even when such a causal connection is physically implausible. This study examined the degree to which immanent justice represents a form of motivated reasoning in the service of satisfying the need to believe in a just world. Drawing on a manipulation that has been shown to activate justice motivation, participants causally attributed a freak accident to a man's prior immoral (vs. moral) behaviour to a greater extent when they first focused on their long-term (vs. short-term) goals. These findings highlight the important function believing in a just world plays in self-regulatory processes by implicating the self in immanent justice reasoning about fluke events in the lives of others.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/bjso.12022
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Robbie Sutton
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2013 11:11 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 10:59 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/35003 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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