The Effect of Awe on Ethical Risk-TakingPropensity
LI Ming1,2LI Man-wai3 LI Wen-qiao2 GAO Ding-guo2
(1.Jishou University, Jishou 416000, China; 2. Department of Psychology,Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510006, China; 3. Department of Psychology, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China)
Abstract：The current research investigated how awe would affect people’s risk-taking propensity across different domains and whether the effect would be moderated by their emotion regulation strategies. In two studies, 148 participants were induced to feel awe versus happiness (Study 1) or versus neutral emotion (Study 2). After the mood induction, participants completed scales assessing their risk-taking propensity in different domains and emotional regulation strategies. We found that participants who experienced awe showed less risk taking in the ethical domain (but not other domains) than did those who experienced happiness. In addition, participants with higher level of emotional suppression showed less risk taking in the ethical domain but more risk taking in the financial domain in the awe condition (versus happiness condition). Finally, participants in the awe and neutral emotion condition did not show any difference in risk-taking propensity across domains, suggesting that awe may have similar effects as neutral emotion on risk taking.