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The Psychology of Revenge

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Presentation for the 2012 University Scholars Day at the University of North Texas discussing research on the psychology of revenge.

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Martinez, Kayla & Boals, Adriel April 19, 2012.


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Presentation for the 2012 University Scholars Day at the University of North Texas discussing research on the psychology of revenge.

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24 p.


Abstract: This presentation discusses research on the psychology of revenge. Previous studies have found that those who have been harmed in some way will try to restore equity to a relationship by exacting revenge on the person who has harmed them. This study examines whether or not an individual will exact revenge even when they do not know who their wrong-doer is. It also examines if that individual, when given the opportunity, will exact revenge on an innocent person in order to restore equity to the relationship between the individual and the unknown wrong-doer. The authors used an anger-induction method to treat half of our participants unfairly. The authors predicted that participants who were treated unfairly would be more likely to exact revenge on the next participant by choosing the option that they also be treated unfairly. The authors obtained results opposite of their hypothesis. The results are discussed in terms of the conditions in which individuals will choose not to exact revenge.



  • Ninth Annual University Scholars Day, 2012, Denton, Texas, United States


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  • April 19, 2012

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  • July 20, 2012, 1:50 p.m.

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Martinez, Kayla & Boals, Adriel. The Psychology of Revenge, presentation, April 19, 2012; ( accessed April 17, 2024), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library,; crediting UNT Honors College.

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