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31 terms

Social Psych ch 9

prosocial behavior
doing something that is good for other people or society
rule of law
when members of a society respect and follow its rules
obligation to return in kind what another has done for us
standards established by society to tell its members what types of behavior are typical or expected
idea that each person receives benefits in proportion to what he or she contributes
idea that everyone gets the same amount, regardless of what he or she contributes
getting less than you deserve
getting more than you deserve
survivor guilt
feeling bad for having lived through a terrible experience in which many others died
when each person does his or her part, and together they work toward a common goal
prisoner's dilemma
a game that forces people to choose between cooperation and competition
non-zero-sum game
an interaction in which both participants can win or lose
zero-sum game
a situation in which one person's gain is another's loss
ceasing to feel angry toward or seek retribution against someone who has wronged you
following orders from an authority figure
going along with the crowd
kin selection
the evolutionary tendency to help people who have our genes
egoistic helping
when a helper seeks to increase her own welfare by helping another
altruistic helping
when a helper seeks to increase another's welfare and expects nothing in return
reacting to another person's emotional state by experiencing the same emotional state
empathy-altruism hypothesis
the idea that empathy motivates people to reduce other people's distress, as by helping or comforting
empathy-specific reward hypothesis
the idea that empathy triggers the need for social reward that can be gained by helping
empathy-specific punishment hypothesis
the idea that empathy triggers the fear of social punishment that can be avoided by helping
negative state relief hypothesis
the idea that people help others in order to relieve their own distress
belief in a just world
the assumption that life is essentially fair, that people generally get what they deserve and deserve what they get
bystander effect
the finding that people are less likely to offer help when they are in a group than when they are alone
5 steps to helping
notice something is happening; interpret event as emergency; take responsibility for providing help; decide how to help; help
pluralistic ignorance
looking to others for cues about how to behave, while they are looking to you; collective misinterpretation
diffusion of responsibility
the reduction in feeling responsible that occurs when others are present
audience inhibition
failure to help in front of others for fear of feeling like a fool if one's offer of help is rejected
a planned, long-term, nonimpulsive decision to help others