Recent Justice-Related Publications of ISJR Members

Martin, L. L., & Van den Bos, K. (in press). Beyond terror: Toward a paradigm shift in the study of threat and culture. European Review of Social Psychology.

Moss-Racusin, C. A., Van der Toorn, J., Dovidio, J. F., Brescoll, V. F., Graham, M. J., & Handelsman, J. (2014). Scientific diversity interventions. Science, 343, 615-616.

Rothmund, T., & Baumert, A. (2014). Shame on Me - Implicit assessment of negative moral self-evaluation in shame-proneness. Social Psychological & Personality Science. 5(2), 195-202.

Rothmund, T., Baumert, A., & Zinkernagel, A. (2014). The german “wutbürger”: How justice sensitivity accounts for individual differences in political engagement. Social Justice Research, published online before print. doi:10.1007/s11211-014-0202-x

Strelan, P., & Van Prooijen, J.-W. (in press). Rationalizers or realists? The effects of transgressors' just world beliefs within committed relationships. Personality and Individual Differences.

Van den Bos, K., & Bal, M. (in press). Social-cognitive and motivational processes underlying the justice motive. In C. Sabbagh & M. Schmitt (Eds.), Handbook of social justice theory and research. New York: Plenum.

Van der Toorn, J., Feinberg, M., Jost, J. T., Kay, A. C., Tyler, T. R., Willer, R., & Wilmuth, C. (in press). A sense of powerlessness fosters system justification: On the legitimation of authority, hierarchy, and government. Political Psychology.

Van der Toorn, J., Napier, J. L., & Dovidio, J. F. (in press). We the people: Intergroup interdependence breeds liberalism. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Van Prooijen, J.-W., & Coffeng, J. (2013). What is fair punishment for Alex or Ahmed? Perspective taking increases racial bias in retributive justice judgments. Social Justice Research, 26, 383-399.

Van Prooijen, J.-W., Coffeng, J., & Vermeer, M. (2014). Power and retributive justice: How trait information influences the fairness of punishment among power holders. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 50, 190-201.

Yoder, K.L, & and Decety, J. (in press). The Good, the Bad, and the Just: Justice sensitivity predicts neural response during moral evaluation of actions performed by others. The Journal of Neuroscience. Abstract: Morality is a fundamental component of human cultures, and has been defined as prescriptive norms regarding how people should treat one another, including concepts such as justice, fairness, and rights.  Using functional MRI, the current study examined the extent to which dispositions in justice sensitivity (i.e., how individuals react to experiences of injustice and unfairness) predict behavioral ratings of praise and blame, and how they modulate the online neural response and functional connectivity when participants evaluate morally-laden (good and bad) everyday actions.  Justice sensitivity did not impact the neuro-hemodynamic response in the action-observation network, but instead influenced higher-order computational nodes in the right temporoparietal junction (rTPJ), right dorsolateral and dorsomedial prefrontal cortex (rdlPFC, dmPFC) that process mental states understanding and maintain goal representations.  Activity in these regions predicted praise and blame ratings.  Further, the hemodynamic response in rTPJ showed a differentiation between good and bad actions 2 seconds before the response in rdlPFC.  Evaluation of good actions was specifically associated with enhanced activity in dorsal striatum, and increased the functional coupling between the rTPJ and the anterior cingulate cortex. Taken together, this study provides important knowledge in how individual differences in justice sensitivity impact neural computations that support psychological processes involved in moral judgment and mental-state reasoning.