Quotation Rahal, Rima-Maria, Fiedler, Susann. 2022. Cognitive and affective processes of prosociality. Current Opinion in Psychology. 44 309-314.




One piece of the puzzle to prosocial behavior is understanding its underlying cognitive and affective processes. We discuss how modeling behavior in social dilemmas can be expanded by integrating cognitive theories and attention-based models of decision processes, and models of affective influences on prosocial decision-making. We review theories speaking to the interconnections of cognition and affect, identifying the need for further theory development regarding modeling moment-by-moment decision-making processes. We discuss how these theoretical perspectives are mirrored in empirical evidence, drawn from classical outcome-oriented as well as contemporary process-tracing research. Finally, we develop perspectives for future research trajectories aiming to further elucidate the processes by which prosocial decisions are formed, by linking process measures to usually unobservable cognitive and affective reactions.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Current Opinion in Psychology
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Cognitive and affective processes of prosociality
Volume 44
Year 2022
Page from 309
Page to 314
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352250X21001998
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2021.10.007
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352250X21001998


Fiedler, Susann (Details)
Rahal, Rima-Maria (Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Germany)
Competence Center for Experimental Research WE (Details)
Institute for Cognition & Behavior IN (Details)
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