The Department of Psychology presents a colloquium
Speaker: Dr. Karl Aquino, University of British Columbia
Dr. Aquino’s research is devoted to understanding the moral foundations of organizational and social life. His current work explores how moral identity influences morally-relevant cognitions, emotions and behavior. Dr. Aquino also investigates how people cope when they have been mistreated by others, the antecedents and consequences of workplace victimization, and the role of status, power, and dominance in organizational process. Dr. Aquino received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, and is currently the Richard Poon Professor of Organizations and Society at the Sauder School of Business at UBC.
Title and Abstract
Third Party Responses to Justice Failure:
An Identity-Based Meaning Maintenance Model
This presentation will introduce a new model for thinking about how third parties evaluate and respond to justice failure, defined as events where a person who commits a moral violation and benefits from it goes unpunished. The model is based on the notion that justice failure can be experienced as a meaning threat. Building on principles from the Meaning Maintenance Model (Heine, Proulx, & Vohs, 2006), we test the prediction that people who are exposed to information about a justice failure will experience this as a meaning threat which can lead to cognitive distress which they seek to alleviate. One way to do this is by affirming an alternative meaning framework. We extend the MMM by suggesting that the choice of framework is driven by an identity that is highly accessible within the current structure of the self. In a series of studies, we test the predictions of our model using moral identity as a source of identity-driven affirmation.
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