Rethinking the negativity bias

Corns, J. (2018) Rethinking the negativity bias. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 9(3), pp. 607-625. (doi: 10.1007/s13164-018-0382-7)

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Abstract

The negativity bias is a broad psychological principle according to which the negative is more causally efficacious than the positive. Bad, as it is often put, is stronger than good. The principle is widely accepted and often serves as a constraint in affective science. If true, it has significant implications for everyday life and philosophical inquiry. In this article, I submit the negativity bias to its first dose of philosophical scrutiny and argue that it should be rejected. I conclude by offering some alternative hedonic hypotheses that survive the offered arguments and may prove fruitful.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Corns, Dr Jennifer
Authors: Corns, J.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Review of Philosophy and Psychology
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1878-5158
ISSN (Online):1878-5166
Published Online:05 February 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Author
First Published:First published in Review of Philosophy and Psychology 9(3): 607-625
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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