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The strength of a remorseful heart: psychological and neural basis of how apology emolliates reactive aggression and promotes forgiveness

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Apology from the offender facilitates forgiveness and thus has the power to restore a broken relationship. Here we showed that apology from the offender not only reduces the victim’s propensity to react aggressively but also alters the victim’s implicit attitude and neural responses toward the offender. We adopted an interpersonal competitive game which consisted of two phases. In the first, “passive” phase, participants were punished by high or low pain stimulation chosen by the opponents wh...

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Peer reviewed
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10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01611

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Experimental Psychology
Natural Science Fundation of China (NSFC) More from this funder
National Basic Research 70 Program More from this funder
Publisher:
Frontiers Media Publisher's website
Journal:
frontiers in Psychology Journal website
Volume:
6
Pages:
67-77
Publication date:
2015-10-27
Acceptance date:
2015-10-06
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ISSN:
1664-1078
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pubs:652071
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uri:d05c9126-5796-4310-b0d2-8fd3892b0cc5
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uuid:d05c9126-5796-4310-b0d2-8fd3892b0cc5
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