Is moral elevation an approach-oriented emotion?

Van de Vyver, Julie and Abrams, Dominic (2017) Is moral elevation an approach-oriented emotion? The Journal of Positive Psychology, 12 (2). pp. 178-185. ISSN 1743-9760

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Two studies were designed to test whether moral elevation should be conceptualized as an approach-oriented emotion. The studies examined the relationship between moral elevation and the behavioral activation and inhibition systems. Study 1 (N = 80) showed that individual differences in moral elevation were associated with individual differences in behavioral activation but not inhibition. Study 2 (N = 78) showed that an elevation-inducing video promoted equally high levels of approach orientation as an anger-inducing video and significantly higher levels of approach orientation than a control video. Furthermore, the elevation-inducing stimulus (vs. the control condition) significantly promoted prosocial motivation and this effect was sequentially mediated by feelings of moral elevation followed by an approach-oriented state. Overall the results show unambiguous support for the proposal that moral elevation is an approach-oriented emotion. Applied and theoretical implications are discussed.

Keywords:affect, altruism, moral beauty, motivation, moral elevation, approach
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C880 Social Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:23156
Deposited On:20 May 2016 16:33

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