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Advances in Psychological Science    2015, Vol. 23 Issue (3) : 479-488     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.00479
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Interpersonal Gratitude: An Important Positive Emotion in Social Life
LIANG Hongyu1; CHEN Shi1; XIONG Hongxing2; SUN Peizhen3; LI Fang1; ZHENG Xue1
(1 School of Psychology, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China) (2 School of Psychology, Jiangxi Normal University, Nanchang 330022, China) (3 School of Education Science, Jiangsu Normal University, Xuzhou 221116, China)
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Interpersonal gratitude is a cognitive emotion, it refers to the thankful and joyful attitude that a certain individual expresses towards other’s benefaction with kindness. Situational appraisal is the key mechanism for the formation of interpersonal gratitude. Besides, the emotion is also affected by other factors including characteristics of the beneficiary, and the dyadic relationship features, etc. Thus, the researchers have designed various paradigms to induce interpersonal gratitude, such as scripts of plot, and interactions tasks, etc. In addition, the function of interpersonal gratitude has three levels including individual, dyadic and group. In the future, the research focus of interpersonal gratitude can be studying the underlying neurophysiological mechanism, investigating the cultivation of trait gratitude from interpersonal gratitude, extending the study of the function of interpersonal gratitude, as well as exploring the Chinese cultural impact on interpersonal gratitude.

Keywords interpersonal gratitude      trait gratitude      situational appraisal      inducing task     
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Issue Date: 15 March 2015
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LIANG Hongyu,CHEN Shi,XIONG Hongxing, et al. Interpersonal Gratitude: An Important Positive Emotion in Social Life[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2015, 23(3): 479-488.
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