Considering the roles of affect and culture in the enactment and enjoyment of cruelty

Spee Kosloff, Jeff Greenberg, Sheldon Solomon

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Abstract

Research on aggression and terror management theory suggests shortcomings in Nell's analysis of cruelty. Hostile aggression and exposure to aggressive cues are not inherently reinforcing, though they may be enjoyed if construed within a meaningful cultural framework. Terror management research suggests that human cruelty stems from the desire to defend one's cultural worldview and to participate in a heroic triumph over evil.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-232
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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