2008
DOI: 10.2174/1874917800801010019
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Abstract: Abstract:To a large degree, humans use pleasure (hedonicity) maximization to guide decision making, thereby optimizing their behaviour, as shown by research on either sensory or purely mental pleasure (e.g., pleasure from video-game playing or mathematical problem-solving). Our group has now found that pleasure determines decision making in situations of interpersonal aggression, i.e., people tend to behave aggressively in proportion to the resulting pleasure. In the present study, two groups of inmates in a S… Show more

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“…Cabanac and his group [17] suggest that cognitive dissonance may also be a possible mechanism for explaining the results found in our previous studies on the pleasure of aggressive behavior [7,8,14,15,22]. According to these results, the difference between aggressive and nonaggressive people would partially be found in their values, in their acceptance of the social norms, and consequently in the higher or lower need of reducing the tension caused by discordance between pleasure and aggression.…”
Section: Cognitive Dissonancementioning
confidence: 60%
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“…Cabanac and his group [17] suggest that cognitive dissonance may also be a possible mechanism for explaining the results found in our previous studies on the pleasure of aggressive behavior [7,8,14,15,22]. According to these results, the difference between aggressive and nonaggressive people would partially be found in their values, in their acceptance of the social norms, and consequently in the higher or lower need of reducing the tension caused by discordance between pleasure and aggression.…”
Section: Cognitive Dissonancementioning
confidence: 60%
“…Applying the same methodology to inmates, it was shown that their election also shared a higher satisfaction or pleasure, even if this specific population was more prone to violence than the general population: they tended to solve conflicts by more aggressive means [14,15]. Such a result is consistent with a fundamental role of hedonia in decisionmaking, showing that the trend to maximize pleasure or minimize displeasure when it comes to make an aggressive decision is indeed a deeply rooted mechanism of decisionmaking that largely transcends cultural biases or pathological borderlines.…”
Section: Aggression and Pleasurementioning
confidence: 99%
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“…For the present study prison inmates were selected because research on this topic is quite sparse. To our knowledge, ours is the first investigation on the relationship between pleasure and aggression performed in a prison (Cabanac, Ramírez, Millana, Toldos-Romero, & BonniotCabanac, 2007, 2008Millana, Cabanac, Toldos-Romero, Bonniot-Cabanac, & Ramírez, 2006).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 96%