A Dynamic Model of Guilt

  title={A Dynamic Model of Guilt},
  author={David M. Amodio and Patricia G. Devine and Eddie Harmon-Jones},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={524 - 530}
Guilt is widely recognized as an important self-regulatory emotion, yet alternative theoretical accounts view guilt primarily as either a punishment cue or a pro-social motivator. Integrating these views, we propose that guilt functions dynamically to first provide a negative reinforcement cue associated with reduced approach motivation, which transforms into approach-motivated behavior when an opportunity for reparation presents itself. We tested this hypothesis in the context of racial… 

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