Amandine Ody-Brasier Associate Professor in Organizational Behavior winner of Outstanding Recent Contribution in Social Psychology Award 2023

Published: 6 February 2024

Amandine Ody-Brasier

Professor Amandine Ody-Brasier received the Outstanding Recent Contribution in Social Psychology Award 2023 from the Social Psychology Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA), for her paper titled “Time and Punishment: How Individuals Respond to Being Sanctioned in Voluntary Associations” with co-author Laura Doering (University of Toronto). The paper was published in the American Journal of Sociology.


Paper Abstract:
Little consensus exists on how group members respond when sanctioned by their peers. One school of thought suggests individuals become more cooperative, or prosocial, toward the group. Another line of research shows that individuals have negative emotional reactions to being punished and become less cooperative. We reconcile these seemingly conflicting viewpoints in the context of voluntary associations, where cooperation is crucial. Building on social psychological theories of dependence, we propose that responses to sanctions shift over time as individuals become increasingly dependent on other members to achieve valued outcomes. We draw on data from Colombian microsavings groups to develop this proposition, using qualitative data to flesh out the proposed mechanism and longitudinal, quantitative records to test our hypothesis. We find that individuals initially respond to sanctions by reducing prosocial contributions, but their responses become increasingly prosocial over time. This study generates a fresh vision of sanctions as temporally and relationally dependent.

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