"I have paid my dues": when physical pain reduces interpersonal justice motivations

van Bunderen, Lisanne and Bastian, Brock (2014) "I have paid my dues": when physical pain reduces interpersonal justice motivations. Motivation and Emotion, 38 4: 540-546. doi:10.1007/s11031-014-9403-8


Author van Bunderen, Lisanne
Bastian, Brock
Title "I have paid my dues": when physical pain reduces interpersonal justice motivations
Journal name Motivation and Emotion   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0146-7239
1573-6644
Publication date 2014-08
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11031-014-9403-8
Open Access Status
Volume 38
Issue 4
Start page 540
End page 546
Total pages 7
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract In this study we show that experiencing physical pain interacts with justice related cognition and serves to reduce justice-restoring behavior in the context of interpersonal moral transgressions. This is because concepts of punishment and justice are embodied within the experience of pain, allowing for a sense of atonement from one's wrongdoings. Two thirds of the participants were induced to feel that their performance in a two player game was unfair. Half of those participants were then asked to engage in a physically painful task, and were afterwards less likely to make amends for past poor performance compared to players who completed a similar, but non-painful task. This effect was only evident for participants who are particularly sensitive to personal injustices and therefore sensitive to the justice restoring qualities of pain.
Keyword Pain
Morality
Justice
Punishment
Guilt
Reparation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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