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Cogn Emot. 2011 Feb;25(2):351-9. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2010.485889.

Behavioural consequences of regret and disappointment in social bargaining games.

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  • 1Department of Social Psychology, Tilburg University, PO Box 90153, NL-5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands. L.Martinez@uvt.nl

Abstract

Previous research on the role of negative emotions in social bargaining games has focused primarily on social emotions such as anger and guilt. In this article, we provide a test for behavioural differences between two prototypical decision-related negative emotions-regret and disappointment-in one-shot social dilemma games. Three experiments with two different emotion-induction procedures (autobiographical recall and imagined scenarios) and two different games (the ultimatum game and the 10-coin give-some game) revealed that regret increased prosocial behaviour, whereas disappointment decreased prosocial behaviour. These results extend previous findings concerning differences between regret and disappointment to interdependent (social) situations.

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