Research shows that people's satisfaction with outcomes they receive (e.g., a prize) is influenced by their standing relative to targets of comparison. Here we investigated whether the similarity of the comparison target influences which outcome features most strongly affect satisfaction. Drawing on Construal Level Theory, which contends that people use high level construals to transcend psychological distance, we show that comparing to more dissimilar targets increases the salience of high- versus low-level features of outcomes. Experiment 1 demonstrates that people seek out high-level information when they believe they are comparing to psychologically distant others. Experiments 2–4 show that high-level information, relative to low-level information, exerts greater weight on satisfaction when the comparison target is far versus near. Experiment 5 shows these effects can be explained by variations in construal level. Overall, this research highlights the importance of distant others in influencing people's sense of relative deprivation.
|الصفحات (من إلى)
|Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
|المعرِّفات الرقمية للأشياء
|نُشِر - يناير 2020
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- !!Applied Psychology
- !!Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management