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Title: Cultural grounding of regret: regret in self and interpersonal contexts.
Authors: Komiya, Asuka
Miyamoto, Yuri
Watabe, Motoki
Kusumi, Takashi  kyouindb  KAKEN_id  orcid (unconfirmed)
Author's alias: 楠見, 孝
Keywords: Regret
Cultural differences
Action and inaction
Issue Date: 10-Nov-2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal title: Cognition & Emotion
Volume: 25
Issue: 6
Start page: 1121
End page: 1130
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to explore cultural similarities and differences in regret, focusing on distinctions between interpersonal and self-situations, and between action and inaction regrets. Japanese and American undergraduates were asked to describe regrets experienced in interpersonal and self-situations. We found that both situational and cultural contexts influenced the likelihood of regretting inactions over actions. Participants were more likely to recall inaction regrets in self-situations than in interpersonal situations, and that the likelihood of recalling inaction regrets was more pronounced for Americans than for Japanese. Furthermore, we examined the intensity of the regret. Whereas American students experienced regret as intense as that of Japanese students in self-situations, Japanese students experienced regret more strongly than American students in interpersonal situations. Detailed content analysis also showed that individuals experienced regret in ways consistent with cultural values. The situational and cultural grounding of regret is discussed.
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Cognition & Emotion on 2010, available online:
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DOI(Published Version): 10.1080/02699931.2010.516962
PubMed ID: 21895573
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