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Confirmation of Candidature - Candidate : Angela Dillon-Murray

Selfishly Eating up the Planet? The Influence of Selfishness, Empathy, and Motivation on the Consumption of Animal Products
07 MAR 2022
12.00 PM - 1.30 PM

Higher empathy is associated with lower animal product consumption but the role of selfishness in this behaviour is unclear. It has been suggested, but yet to be investigated empirically, whether those who reduce animal product consumption for health rather than ethical reasons are more selfish. This research will examine the influence of empathy, selfishness, and motivation on animal product consumption, whether selfishness mediates the relationship between empathy and animal product consumption, and which motivation out of animal rights, health, or the environment is most selfish/empathic. A sample of adult Australians will be surveyed online with a battery of self-report questionnaires and structural equation modelling will be used to examine the relationships as well as any mediating effects of selfishness.

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