Justice sensitivity and the processing of justice-related information
Version of Record online: 9 NOV 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 25, Issue 5, pages 386–397, September/October 2011
How to Cite
Baumert, A., Gollwitzer, M., Staubach, M. and Schmitt, M. (2011), Justice sensitivity and the processing of justice-related information. Eur. J. Pers., 25: 386–397. doi: 10.1002/per.800
- Issue online: 21 SEP 2011
- Version of Record online: 9 NOV 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 24 SEP 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 17 SEP 2010
- Manuscript Received: 19 MAR 2010
- personality-congruent information processing;
- social justice research;
We investigated how Justice Sensitivity (JS) shapes the processing of justice-related information. We proposed that due to frequently perceiving and ruminating about injustices, persons high in JS develop highly accessible and differentiated injustice concepts that shape attention, interpretation and memory for justice-related information. Three studies provided evidence for these assumptions. After witnessing injustice, persons high in JS attended more strongly to unjust stimuli than to negative control stimuli (Study1) and interpreted an ambiguous situation as less just than persons low in JS (Study2). Finally, they displayed a memory advantage for unjust information (Study3). Results suggest that JS involves the availability and accessibility of injustice concepts as parameters of cognitive functioning and offer explanations for effects of JS on justice-related behaviour. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.