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Advances in Psychological Science    2016, Vol. 24 Issue (1) : 120-131     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.00120
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Power and prosocial behaviour: How and why power affects prosocial behaviour
CAI Wei1; WU Song2; KOU Yu1
(1 Beijing Key Laboratory of Applied Experimental Psychology, Institute of Developmental Psychology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China) (2 School of Psychology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China)
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Abstract  

Power is an asymmetric control over valued resources. The effects of power on individuals’ prosocial behaviours depend on active goals. And both selective attention and social distance mediate this moderating process of power, active goals and prosocial behaviours. Prosocial behaviours could be promoted by increasing high-power individuals’ prosocial goals from personal, institutional and cultural levels. Future studies are required to explore the effects of different power types, power and status, and culture on the relationship of power and prosocial behaviour, as well as the effects of group power on intergroup prosocial behaviours.

Keywords power      prosocial behaviour      selective attention      social distance      active goals     
Corresponding Authors: KOU Yu, E-mail: kouyu@bnu.edu.cn   
Issue Date: 15 January 2016
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CAI Wei,WU Song,KOU Yu. Power and prosocial behaviour: How and why power affects prosocial behaviour[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2016, 24(1): 120-131.
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