Japanese Psychological Researchへの論文掲載内定

以下の論文がJapanese Psychological Researchに掲載されることが内定しました。

Murayama, A. & Miura, A. (in press). Religiosity and Immanent Justice Reasoning: A Replication Study in Japan and the U.S. Japanese Psychological Research.



Previous studies have investigated the importance of religiosity in enhancing people’s justice reasoning, yet the findings were limited to the Western culture, where a majority of people believe in Christianity. In order to investigate the effect of cultural difference and of religiosity on immanent justice reasoning, we compared and contrasted the degree of engagement in immanent justice reasoning regarding someone’s misfortune among American Christians, Japanese Buddhists, and non-religious participants in the two cultures. The analysis found that among Americans, those who believed in Christianity engaged in stronger immanent justice reasoning towards an unfortunate person with lower moral values, than participants without a particular faith did. The Japanese, on the other hand, showed stronger immanent justice reasoning for people with lower moral values, regardless of their faith. In addition, when the person had low moral value, the Japanese tended to engage in such reasoning more strongly than Americans did. Our results showed that religious beliefs may contribute to strengthening engagement in immanent justice reasoning in the Western culture, but such a generalization may not be accurate in other cultures.

Keywords: justice reasoning, religiosity, cultural difference, karma