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God and the government: testing a compensatory control mechanism for the support of external systems.
The authors propose that the high levels of support often observed for governmental and religious systems can be explained, in part, as a means of coping with the threat posed by chronically orExpand
Personal relative deprivation, delay discounting, and gambling.
Several lines of research have provided evidence for a relation between personal relative deprivation and gambling. Despite this knowledge, little is known about possible psychological mechanismsExpand
The Belief in a Just World and Immanent Justice Reasoning in Adults
Deciding that negative experiences are punishment for prior misdeeds, even when plausible causal links are missing, is immanent justice (IJ) reasoning (Piaget, 1932/1965). Three studies examined aExpand
Gambling as a Search for Justice: Examining the Role of Personal Relative Deprivation in Gambling Urges and Gambling Behavior
The present article explores the hypothesis that gambling might serve a justice-seeking function for some people, as gambling might offer a means to pursuing desirable outcomes that people feel theyExpand
Probability discounting among gamblers: Differences across problem gambling severity and affect-regulation expectancies
There is an established link between risk-seeking behavior and problem gambling but it remains unclear whether problem gamblers are specifically attracted to the uncertainty of risky situations. WeExpand
Predicting self-rated mental and physical health: the contributions of subjective socioeconomic status and personal relative deprivation
Lower subjective socioeconomic status (SSS) and higher personal relative deprivation (PRD) relate to poorer health. Both constructs concern people's perceived relative social position, but theyExpand
Someone is pulling the strings: hypersensitive agency detection and belief in conspiracy theories
Abstract We hypothesised that belief in conspiracy theories would be predicted by the general tendency to attribute agency and intentionality where it is unlikely to exist. We further hypothesisedExpand
Making Sense of Misfortune: Deservingness, Self-Esteem, and Patterns of Self-Defeat
Drawing on theorizing and research suggesting that people are motivated to view their world as an orderly and predictable place in which people get what they deserve, the authors proposed that (a)Expand
Foregoing the labor for the fruits: The effect of just world threat on the desire for immediate monetary rewards.
Previous theorizing and research suggest that the need to believe in a just world develops when children begin to understand the benefits of foregoing their immediate gratifications for moreExpand
The role of religiosity in ultimate and immanent justice reasoning
Religious teachings endorse notions of ultimate justice (a misfortune is compensated in the long run) and immanent justice (a misfortune is caused by previous misdeeds). The current research examinedExpand