Exploring the relationship between abstract mindedness, self-regulation, and prosocial behaviour

Ganesan, Maya Devi, and Singh, Smita (2015) Exploring the relationship between abstract mindedness, self-regulation, and prosocial behaviour. In: Proceedings of the 2015 Asian Congress of Applied Psychology. pp. 78-107. From: ACAP 2015: Asian Congress of Applied Psychology, 19-20 May 2015, Singapore.

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Previous research has established abstract mindedness as one of the various factors which encourage prosocial behaviour in individuals. This study explored the relationship between abstract mindedness (vs. concrete mindedness) and prosocial behaviour, specifically studying self-regulation as an intervening variable for this relationship among 160 undergraduates (Mage = 22.24 years). It was hypothesized that self-regulation would mediate the relationship between mindset condition (abstract vs. concrete) and prosocial behaviour. Participants completed a series of mindset activation tasks, a self-regulation measure and a prosocial behaviour measure. The results revealed that as compared to concrete mindedness, abstract mindedness resulted in significantly greater prosocial behaviour in participants. However, self-regulation did not appear to mediate the relationship between mindset condition and prosocial behaviour; therefore, rejecting the intervening role of self-regulation in this relationship. The present findings reaffirm that abstract mindedness enhances prosocial behaviour and highlight the need for future research to further examine the underlying constructs of this relationship

Item ID: 40103
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-981-4723-38-1
Keywords: abstract mindedness, concrete mindedness, self-regulation, prosocial behaviour
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Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2015 04:10
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1702 Cognitive Science > 170202 Decision Making @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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