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

Callan, MJ and Harvey, AJ and Dawtry, RJ and Sutton, RM (2013) 'Through the looking glass: Focusing on long-term goals increases immanent justice reasoning.' British Journal of Social Psychology, 52 (2). 377 - 385. ISSN 0144-6665

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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. © 2013 The British Psychological Society.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2013 12:37
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2019 18:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7202

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