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Mental representations of values and behaviors

Coelho, Gabriel Lins De Holanda, Hanel, Paul H. P., Johansen, Mark K. ORCID: and Maio, Gregory R. ORCID: 2022. Mental representations of values and behaviors. European Journal of Personality 36 (6) , pp. 926-941. 10.1177/08902070211034385

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The present research provides the first direct assessment of the fit of diverse behaviors to putatively related personal and social values from Schwartz’s theory. Across three studies, we examined spatial representations of value-related behaviors that were explicitly derived from people’s mental representations of the values. Participants were asked how similar the behaviors were to each other and various values, and these judgments were used to specify multidimensional scaling solutions. The results indicated that the spatial representation of the behaviors was consistent with the two-dimensional space described in Schwartz’s model of values, although several deviations occurred. For example, self-enhancement behaviors were widely spread, indicating more variation in the way individuals interpret these behaviors, which are often associated with other value types. These data provide evidence that a range of behaviors can at least partly be reduced to underlying motivations expressed by values. Furthermore, our findings indicate that behaviors are often expressed by several values, which might help to explain why value–behavior associations in previous studies were weak. Finally, they illustrate a new approach to learning which behaviors might relate to multiple values.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0890-2070
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 July 2021
Date of Acceptance: 2 July 2021
Last Modified: 13 May 2023 20:16

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