Global processing fosters donations toward charity appeals framed in an approach orientation
People are often influenced by how persuasive appeals are framed. While decisions and preferences seem dependent on the effects of a fit between one’s regulatory focus and the motivational orientation of a message, specific cognitive mechanisms involved are not yet clear. This study investigated how perceptual processing styles (global vs local) linked with the scope of attention (broad vs narrow) influence decisions depending on motivation-dependent framing (approach vs avoidance). We found that a global processing style fits approach-oriented message appeals and fosters monetary allocation toward charities framed in eager motivational terms. We discuss implications of the findings on processing styles in relation to affective versus deliberate modes of processing and the need to address in detail the role of attentional scope-dependent processing styles in decision making.
KeywordsGlobal processing Local processing Scope of attention Framing Approach-avoidance Decision making Prosocial behavior Donations
We thank the anonymous reviewers and Devpriya Kumar for helping us with statistical analysis.
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