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Rejecting victims of misfortune reduces delay discounting.

Callan, Mitch J., Harvey, Annelie J., Sutton, Robbie M. (2014) Rejecting victims of misfortune reduces delay discounting. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 51 . pp. 41-44. ISSN 0022-1031. (doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2013.11.002) (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

The derogation of innocent victims may bolster perceivers’ implicit faith that the world is a just place. A key theoretical outcome of this faith is the ability to put aside smaller, short-term rewards for larger, long-term rewards. The empirical relation between victim derogation and participants’ preferences for small-sooner versus larger-later rewards was examined in two studies using delay-discounting paradigms. In Study 1 (n = 381), the more college students and Internet users derogated a victim of misfortune, the less they subsequently discounted larger-later rewards, but only when their faith in justice was threatened (perpetrators of the misfortune were unpunished). In Study 2 (n = 238), informing Internet users that a victim was of bad (versus good) moral character decreased delay discounting. These results demonstrate that derogating victims of misfortune, although damaging to others, yields an important psychological benefit for the self by putting aside smaller-sooner rewards for larger-later rewards.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.jesp.2013.11.002
Uncontrolled keywords: belief  in  a  just  world;  justice  motivation;  victim  derogation;  delay  discounting
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Robbie Sutton
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2013 00:39 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:15 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/35996 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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