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Alternative TitleThe influences of social value orientation on prosocial behaviors: The evidences from behavioral and neuroimaging studies
戚艳艳1,2; 伍海燕1,2; 刘勋1,2
First Author戚艳艳
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"Economic Man Assumption" proposed that humans are rational, whose only goal is to pursue their maximum selfinterest. However, costly prosoial behaviors, such as helping, comforting, or donation, are commonly seen in daily life. Researchers put forward social value orientation(SVO) to explain why people exhibit such behaviors. SVO refers to a stable preference for outcomes for self versus others in interdependent situation, which further affects prosocial behaviors in social dilemmas. The commonly used measurements of SVO are the Triple-Dominance Scale and the Slider Measure. Based on these measures, SVO is classified into two categories: prosocial value orientation, and proself value orientation. The latter one is further subdivided to individualistic and competitive value orientations. People with prosocial orientation tend to maximize joint interest, people with individualistic orientation tend to maximize absolute outcome, while people with competitive orientation tend to maximize relative outcome. Previous studies have suggested that SVO can express automatically, and stably influence social behaviors. This article reviewed existing researches and mainly discusses its influence on trust behavior, cooperation and fair decisions in social contexts. A growing body of evidence suggests that prosocial individuals show more trust behaviors, cooperation, and fair decisions, which are further reflected on neural activities. Specifically, temporal-parietal junction(TPJ), insula and anterior cingulate cortex(ACC) show stronger activation when prosocials choose to cheat compared to be honest/trustworthy in trust game, while for proselfs there are no significant differences. In social dilemma games, prosocials show more cooperative behavior, accompanied by increased activation in lateral orbitofrontal cortex(OFC), anterior superior temporal sulcus(a STS) and inferior parietal lobule, which brain regions are relevant to norm compliance, routine moral judgment, and social awareness. While for proselfs, increased activation is found in dorsolateral prefrontal cortex(DLPFC), which is relevant to calculation. Researches have also found prosocials make more rejection to unfair allocation, and the degree of inequity aversion in prosocials is predictable from amygdala activity. In light of existing literature, we summarized four aspects of how SVO affects prosocial behaviors. The first one is that prosocials have a stronger internal cooperation motivation relative to proselfs so that prosocial behaviors are processed automatically for prosocials. Second, prosocials have a higher expectation of others’ prosocial behaviors, this expectation in turn influences himself/herself’s behaviors. The third is that prosocial ones show more social responsibility in social interaction that they tend to maximize joint outcome. Last but not least, individuals with different SVOs show different social learning patterns which affects information collection and decision making during social interaction. Before the end, we propose several research directions. First is the differences in social learning patterns between individuals with different SVOs. Secondly, the interactive effects of SVO and other personality traits, such as empathy and trust, on prosocial behavior need to be investigated. More neural biochemical researches which focus on neurotransmitter as well as gene of different SVOs are also required. At last, in order to better apply research results to real life, ecological validity of research need to be improved.

Keyword社会价值取向 亲社会行为 信任行为 合作行为 公平决策行为
Subject Area社会心理学
Source Publication科学通报
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Project Intro.国家自然科学基金(31400963);国家社会科学基金(14ZDB161);中国科学院心理研究所青年启动基金(Y2CX131003)资助
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Document Type期刊论文
Corresponding Author伍海燕; 刘勋
First Author AffilicationInstitute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Corresponding Author AffilicationInstitute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
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戚艳艳,伍海燕,刘勋. 社会价值取向对亲社会行为的影响:来自行为和神经影像学的证据[J]. 科学通报,2017,62(11):1136-1144.
APA 戚艳艳,伍海燕,&刘勋.(2017).社会价值取向对亲社会行为的影响:来自行为和神经影像学的证据.科学通报,62(11),1136-1144.
MLA 戚艳艳,et al."社会价值取向对亲社会行为的影响:来自行为和神经影像学的证据".科学通报 62.11(2017):1136-1144.
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