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Perceptions of threat to personal values shape punishment judgments through social identity threat

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Project "ThreatValPun" data sheet

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address: RAPENBURG 70
city: LEIDEN
postcode: 2311 EZ

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 242˙929 €
 EC max contribution 242˙929 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2019-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN NL (LEIDEN) coordinator 242˙929.00


 Project objective

In modern societies, the criminal justice system is entrusted to punish norm violators in a fair and impartial way. Yet, punishment judgments are subject to biases, and are sometimes shaped by extralegal factors, as illustrated for example by the over-representation of African-Americans in inmates in the US. This project investigates one such factor, namely perceived threats to one’s personal values. We argue that even when unrelated to the wrongdoing, value-violations represent a threat to one’s personal values and to one’s identity. As such, value-violations trigger a motivation to restore the threatened values and identity, leading to differential punishment judgments as a function of the target’s fit or misfit with the perceiver’s values. We test this crucial role of perceptions of threat to personal values in two lines of research, using a combination of traditional experimental research methods, and modern measurement methods. In the line of research A, we aim to identify moderators of the effect of personal value on punishment judgments. Experimentally increasing or removing threat to values will allow us to gain a clearer understanding of the causal processes at play. In the line of research B, we aim to identify the neural processes underlying the effects of perceptions of threat to personal values on punishment judgments. Using fMRI, lesion patients and cardiovascular indices, we will gain complementary perspectives on the dynamics at play. As a result, the present proposal will enhance knowledge in the fields of values, social justice and morality, but also offer applicable strategies to reduce the impact of threat to values on real-life potentially consequential judgments, for example in the legal system.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Jay J. Van Bavel, Andrea Pereira
The Partisan Brain: An Identity-Based Model of Political Belief
published pages: 213-224, ISSN: 1364-6613, DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2018.01.004
Trends in Cognitive Sciences 22/3 2019-06-13
2017 Jacques Berent, Andrea Pereira, Juan M. Falomir-Pichastor
Collective Apologies Moderate the Effects of Justice Concerns on Support for Collective Punishment
published pages: 194-207, ISSN: 1864-9335, DOI: 10.1027/1864-9335/a000309
Social Psychology 48/4 2019-06-13
2017 Vincenzo Iacoviello, Jacques Berent, Natasha Stine Frederic, Andrea Pereira
The impact of ingroup favoritism on self-esteem: A normative perspective
published pages: 31-41, ISSN: 0022-1031, DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2016.12.013
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 71 2019-06-13
2018 Andrea Pereira, Jan-Willem van Prooijen
Why we sometimes punish the innocent: The role of group entitativity in collective punishment
published pages: e0196852, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0196852
PLOS ONE 13/5 2019-06-13
2018 Lee Shepherd, Fabio Fasoli, Andrea Pereira, Nyla R. Branscombe
The role of threat, emotions, and prejudice in promoting collective action against immigrant groups
published pages: 447-459, ISSN: 0046-2772, DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2346
European Journal of Social Psychology 48/4 2019-06-13

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