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The psychology of justice explores judgments about the principles used to decide what is fair or unfair within social settings. Issues of justice have been important in psychology ever since the World War II era, a period during which there was an explosion of psychology theory and research involving the study of social settings and group processes. During the same historical period, psychology also moved beyond psychological models that paid little attention to people's subjective evaluations of the world and became more concerned with how people interpreted and reacted to their social experiences. This increasing attention to intrasubjective issues led researchers to recognize that people were strongly influenced by their assessments of what is just and fair when they were dealing with others. Recognizing the ...

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