Psychological distance boosts value-behavior correspondence in ultimatum bargaining and integrative negotiation

Mauro Giacomantonio, Carsten K.W. De Dreu, Shaul Shalvi, Daniel Sligte, Susanne Leder

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The present research examined how construal level and social motivation interact in influencing individuals' behavior in social decision making settings. Consistent with recent work on psychological distance and value-behavior correspondence (Eyal, Sagristano, Trope, Liberman, & Chaiken, 2009), it was predicted that under high construal level individuals' behavior is based on the social motivation they endorsed, no matter whether pro-social or pro-self. Two experiments involving ultimatum game (Experiment 1) and face to face negotiation (Experiment 2) supported the " increased value-behavior correspondence" hypothesis by showing that pro-socials were more cooperative and pro-selves were more competitive under high rather than low construal level. Implications for research on social decision making and psychological distance are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)824-829
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Construal level
  • Integrative negotiation
  • Value-behavior correspondence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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