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Emotion

University of Pennsylvania

2017

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Why We Help The Wronged: Emotional And Evolutionary Determinants Of Victim Compensation, Erik Wells Thulin Jan 2017

Why We Help The Wronged: Emotional And Evolutionary Determinants Of Victim Compensation, Erik Wells Thulin

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Why do third parties choose to help the victims of norm violations? In Chapter 1, we address this question at the emotional level. We show a relationship between environment and motivating emotion, in which moral outrage motivates the compensation of norm violation victims, whereas empathic concern drives compensation in other situations, at both the trait (Study 1) and state (Studies 2 and 3) levels. This finding presents a novel question for evolutionary psychology. Differing emotional drivers are taken to represent distinct underlying cognitive systems. While previous evolutionary models based on social insurance through indirect reciprocity can account for domain-general empathically ...