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Seminario "It's risky, therefore I do it. Counterfinality as a source of perceived instrumentality of extreme behavior as means to goals"

Mercoledì, 9 Maggio, 2018

Il Dipartimento di Psicologia dei Processi di Sviluppo e Socializzazione organizza il Seminario "It's risky, therefore I do it. Counterfinality as a source of perceived instrumentality of extreme behavior as means to goals", a cura della Prof.ssa Catalina Kopetz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Wayne State University (USA).

Abstract:
Why do people choose extreme behaviors as opposed to finding alternative means to fulfill their goals? I propose that extreme behaviors may be perceived as particularly instrumental to certain goals because of their potential negative consequences. This possibility is suggested by the principle of counterfinality whereby a means is perceived as particularly instrumental to one's goals to the extent to which it is detrimental to alternative goals. In line with this notion, we show that:

  1. extreme behavior is more likely when its negative consequences are salient;
  2. people who are more concerned with finding the "best" means to fulfill their goals (i.e. people high in a regulatory mode characterized by assessment) are more likely to engage in extreme behavior to fulfill relevant goals;
  3. accessibility of relevant goals increases the likelihood of engagement in extreme behaviors by increasing their perceived riskiness and therefore their perceived instrumentality.

Relatori:
Prof.ssa Catalina Kopetz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Wayne State University (USA)

Quando:
Martedì 19 Giugno 2018
ore 11:00

Dove:
Aula Ponzo (3° piano)
Dipartimento di Psicologia dei Processi di Sviluppo e Socializzazione
Facoltà di Medicina e Psicologia
Via dei Marsi, 78 - 00185 Roma
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