Schadenfreude as a mate-value-tracking mechanism. Replication and extension of Colyn and Gordon (2013).

W.W. van Dijk, J.W. Ouwerkerk, R.H. Smith

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Abstract

The present research provides a replication and extension of L. A. Colyn and A. K. Gordon's (2013) study on gender differences in schadenfreude. An experiment-in which both the gender of the unfortunate other and the dimension on which the misfortune occurred were manipulated-showed that female participants reported more schadenfreude when a same-gender other (vs. an opposite-gender other) experienced a misfortune on the dimension of physical attractiveness (vs. social status), whereas male participants reported more schadenfreude when a same-gender other (vs. an opposite-gender other) experienced a misfortune on the dimension of social status (vs. physical attractiveness). In the discussion, differences between our results and those of Colyn and Gordon are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-307
JournalPersonal Relationships
Volume22
Issue number2
Early online date25 May 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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