Co-funded with the MacArthur Foundation
Psychologists Serena Chen and Dacher Keltner will complete six different experimental manipulations that will focus on the relationships between income inequality and several social and health outcomes. They will examine how increases in the individual’s awareness of income inequality, as well as laboratory-based, face-to-face experiences of simulated income inequality, shape the individual’s emotional, behavioral, and physiological responses. Chen and Keltner indicate that an experimental approach can help illuminate the proximal, psychological processes through which inequality worsens social and physical well-being for much of the population.
In their study, the investigators will address several hypotheses that consider how perceived inequality influences appraisals of threat, and the implications for measures of social cognition, social behavior, and physiological responses related to health.