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Universals and cultural diversity in the expression of gratitude

Overview of attention for article published in Royal Society Open Science, May 2018
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Title
Universals and cultural diversity in the expression of gratitude
Published in
Royal Society Open Science, May 2018
DOI 10.1098/rsos.180391
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Simeon Floyd, Giovanni Rossi, Julija Baranova, Joe Blythe, Mark Dingemanse, Kobin H. Kendrick, Jörg Zinken, N. J. Enfield

Abstract

Gratitude is argued to have evolved to motivate and maintain social reciprocity among people, and to be linked to a wide range of positive effects-social, psychological and even physical. But is socially reciprocal behaviour dependent on the expression of gratitude, for example by saying 'thank you' as in English? Current research has not included cross-cultural elements, and has tended to conflate gratitude as an emotion with gratitude as a linguistic practice, as might appear to be the case in English. Here, we ask to what extent people express gratitude in different societies by focusing on episodes of everyday life where someone seeks and obtains a good, service or support from another, comparing these episodes across eight languages from five continents. We find that expressions of gratitude in these episodes are remarkably rare, suggesting that social reciprocity in everyday life relies on tacit understandings of rights and duties surrounding mutual assistance and collaboration. At the same time, we also find minor cross-cultural variation, with slightly higher rates in Western European languages English and Italian, showing that universal tendencies of social reciprocity should not be equated with more culturally variable practices of expressing gratitude. Our study complements previous experimental and culture-specific research on gratitude with a systematic comparison of audiovisual corpora of naturally occurring social interaction from different cultures from around the world.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 80 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 18%
Student > Bachelor 10 13%
Student > Master 9 11%
Researcher 6 8%
Lecturer > Senior Lecturer 6 8%
Other 20 25%
Unknown 15 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 24 30%
Linguistics 12 15%
Social Sciences 10 13%
Business, Management and Accounting 4 5%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 3%
Other 12 15%
Unknown 16 20%

Attention Score in Context

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