Why does the "mental shotgun" fire system-justifying bullets?

Danielle Gaucher, John T. Jost

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Abstract

We suggest that people privilege explanations relying on inherent rather than contingent factors not only because of an innate cognitive tendency to monitor reality, but because doing so satisfies the desire to perceive the societal status quo as legitimate. In support, we describe experimental studies linking the activation of system justification motivation to the endorsement of inherence-based (essentialist) explanations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489
Number of pages1
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 12 2014

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Why does the "mental shotgun" fire system-justifying bullets? / Gaucher, Danielle; Jost, John T.

In: Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 37, No. 5, 12.10.2014, p. 489.

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