Proud to cooperate: The consideration of pride promotes cooperation in a social dilemma

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Abstract

In social dilemmas, broad collective interests conflict with immediate self-interests. In two studies, we examine the role of pride in guiding cooperative behavior in a social dilemma. We find that the consideration of pride led to more cooperation compared to the consideration of joy or a control condition (Study 1) and compared to the consideration of enjoyment (Study 2). The importance participants assigned to cooperation mediated this effect of emotion on cooperation (Studies 1 and 3). We suggest that because pride is linked to pro-social behavior, considering pride activates the concept of pride which in turn makes related behavioral representations more accessible and thus increases cooperation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-109
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
Volume55
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Cooperation
  • Joy
  • Pride
  • Social dilemma
  • Social emotions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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