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Advances in Psychological Science    2018, Vol. 26 Issue (11) : 1928-1934     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2018.01928
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Ongoing voluntary settlement and independent agency: Evidence from several cultural tasks
Cheng LUO1,2,Xiaopeng REN1()
1 CAS Key Laboratory of Behavioral Science, Institute of Psychology, Beijing 100101, China
2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039, China
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The voluntary frontier settlement hypothesis proposed that voluntary frontier settlement leads to independent agency. The present work compared 538 college students from Shenzhen (an ongoing voluntary frontier settlement region) and Xiangfan. Controlling for resident status, the Singelis self-construal scale, the collectivist orientation scale, the triad task, the attribution task and loyalty/nepotism task were administered to examine the relationship between ongoing voluntary settlement and independent agency. As predicted, the results indicated that residents of Shenzhen scored higher in self-reported independent index, lower in self-reported collectivist orientation and holistic thinking, lower in rewarding honest friend and higher in punishing dishonest friend than those from Xiangfan. These findings indicate that Shenzhen as an ongoing voluntary frontier settlement is more independent than other regions of Mainland China such as Xiangfan. This implies that even in a generally interdependent culture in East Asia, ongoing voluntary frontier settlement leads to independent agency.

Keywords voluntary frontier settlement      independent agency      cultural tasks      Shenzhen     
ZTFLH:  B849:C91  
Corresponding Authors: Xiaopeng REN     E-mail: renxp@psych.ac.cn
Issue Date: 26 September 2018
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Cheng LUO,Xiaopeng REN. Ongoing voluntary settlement and independent agency: Evidence from several cultural tasks[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2018, 26(11): 1928-1934.
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http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/10.3724/SP.J.1042.2018.01928     OR     http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/Y2018/V26/I11/1928
测量指标 深圳地区 襄樊地区
本地人 外地人 本地人 外地人
个体主义指数 -0.32 ± 0.69 -0.31 ± 0.84 -0.53 ± 0.67 -0.60 ± 0.80
集体主义取向 3.52 ± 0.56 3.50 ± 0.46 3.93 ± 0.43 3.89 ± 0.48
整体性思维 0.65 ± 0.26 0.64 ± 0.24 0.81 ± 0.22 0.84 ± 0.19
素质归因 0.68 ± 0.26 0.71 ± 0.23 0.68 ± 0.27 0.65 ± 0.26
反事实素质归因 0.63 ± 0.28 0.61 ± 0.25 0.62 ± 0.29 0.61 ± 0.29
对朋友的奖励 664.94 ± 315.71 730.81 ± 266.77 781.19 ± 320.22 804.26 ± 276.31
对陌生人的奖励 532.47 ± 324.22 539.46 ± 304.87 545.54 ± 362.36 503.72 ± 347.85
对朋友的惩罚 444.16 ± 353.36 440.54 ± 333.83 357.43 ± 386.87 344.15 ± 371.03
对陌生人的惩罚 457.14 ± 370.78 454.59 ± 329.18 451.49 ± 403.39 410.64 ± 377.29
  
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