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

Callan, Mitchell J and Harvey, Annelie J and Dawtry, Rael J and 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

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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
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Analysis of Variance; Attitude; Goals; Machiavellianism; Morals; Thinking; Social Justice; Adult; Female; Male
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2013 12:37
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:20

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