Journal article

Prosociality and morality through the lens of personality psychology

Luke D Smillie, Erin CR Lawn, Kun Zhao, Ryan Perry, Simon M Laham

Australian Journal of Psychology | Wiley | Published : 2019

Abstract

Prosociality and morality are critical to the functioning and flourishing of society. There is, however, great variation in the degree to which individuals help or hinder one another, or adhere to ethical standards of “rightness.” One way to understand this variation is by drawing on theories and models within personality psychology, which may illuminate the basic individual characteristics that drive a wide range of other‐regarding tendencies. In this review, we provide a snapshot of three research strands addressing these themes. The first concerns how personality traits map onto prosocial preferences for fairness and cooperation, as studied using classic social decision‐making tasks calle..

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