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

Anna Dorfman, Tal Eyal, Yoella Bereby-Meyer

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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 - Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by Israel Science Foundation grants # 923-09 (to T. Eyal) and # 1337-11 (to Y. Bereby-Meyer).

Keywords

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

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