Measuring Social Value Orientation

R.O. Murphy, K.A. Ackermann, M.J.J. Handgraaf

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Narrow self-interest is often used as a simplifying assumption when studying people making decisions in social contexts. Nonetheless, people exhibit a wide range of different motivations when choosing unilaterally among interdependent outcomes. Measuring the magnitude of the concern people have for others, sometimes called Social Value Orientation (SVO), has been an interest of many social scientists for decades and several different measurement methods have been developed so far. Here we introduce a new measure of SVO that has several advantages over existent methods. A detailed description of the new measurement method is presented, along with norming data that provide evidence of its solid psychometric properties. We conclude with a brief discussion of the research streams that would benefit from a more sensitive and higher resolution measure of SVO, and extend an invitation to others to use this new measure which is freely available
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)771-781
JournalJudgment and Decision Making
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • individual-differences
  • resource dilemmas
  • risk
  • game
  • regression
  • behavior
  • motives
  • own

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