Justice for the average Joe: The role of envy and the mentalizing network in the deservingness of others’ misfortunes

  title={Justice for the average Joe: The role of envy and the mentalizing network in the deservingness of others’ misfortunes},
  author={David S. Chester and Caitlin A. J. Powell and Richard H. Smith and Jane E. Joseph and Gayann{\'e}e K{\'e}dia and David J. Y. Combs and C. Nathan DeWall},
  journal={Social Neuroscience},
  pages={640 - 649}
The misfortunes of enviable individuals are met by observers with pleasure whereas those of “average”, non-enviable individuals elicit pain. These responses are mirrored in deservingness judgments, as enviable individuals’ misfortunes are perceived as deserved and those of non-enviable individuals perceived as undeserved. However, the neural underpinnings of these deservingness disparities remain unknown. To explore this phenomenon, we utilized fMRI to test the hypotheses that (A) non-enviable… 

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