Project Keller

The Research Group FOR 1410 was funded by the DFG from 2010 to 2017. All projects have been completed.

In this project, the impact of individuals’ self-regulatory orientation on decision making and behavior in norm-related social interactions will be assessed using established game theoretical paradigms (one-shot dilemma games involving public goods, altruistic punishment paradigm). The core idea underlying this research holds that a vigilant, prevention-focused mode of self-regulation entails several elements that are of crucial relevance with respect to individuals’ behavior in social dilemmas involving public goods. Specifically, it is proposed that some of the established features of vigilant, prevention-focused self-regulation – such as an interdependent self-construal, a focus on negative (social) information, a concern with duties and responsibilities, the endorsement of the reciprocity norm, as well as a concern with conformity and reputation – represent important impact factors that determine individuals’ behavior in the context of social dilemma situations. Importantly, these elements reflect three basic non-egoistic motives identified by Batson (1994) as possible sources of individuals’ motivation to act for the public good: altruism, collectivism, and principlism. Given that the formation and maintenance of social norms is based (at least in part) on individuals’ willingness to engage in non-egoistic types of behaviors (such as contributing to a public good or punishing norm violators) the analysis of the factors underlying individuals’ engagement in such types of behaviors is of crucial relevance with respect to the explanation of the existence of social norms which is still an unresolved problem in the social sciences. The present project is devoted to this issue with a special emphasis on the role of self-regulatory mechanisms and the non-egoistic motive reflecting principlism.



Prof. Dr. Johannes Keller

Department of Psychology & Education, Section Social Psychology, Ulm University

Tel: +49 (0) 731 50 31160

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Dipl.-Soz. Anne Landhäußer

Department of Psychology & Education, Section Social Psychology, Ulm University

Tel: +49 (0) 731-50-31162

Research groupPublicationsLabActivitiesSummer School 2015Small Group Meeting 2017