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Title Judgmental Attributions on Romantic Infidelity: The Influence of Beliefs in Free Will
Publication Date
Degree MA
Discipline/Department Psychology
Degree Level masters
University/Publisher Marietta College
Abstract Research has shown that when people are primed with a deterministic view, they are less likely to consciously control their actions and more likely to cheat on a test (Vohs & Schooler, 2008). The current study extended this previous finding by investigating the effects of individuals' beliefs in free will on their judgments of blame and forgiveness toward emotional and sexual infidelity in a vignette discussing a fictitious couple. It was hypothesized that an individual's belief in high or neutral free will would affect their likelihood to attribute blame and forgiveness to a fictitious cheater by influencing their perceptions on the cheater's level of control. The results were mixed; individuals' beliefs in free will and their sex affected the way participants attributed blame ratings toward the cheater, while the type of infidelity within the vignette affected forgiveness ratings from the participants.
Subjects/Keywords Social Psychology; determinism; free will; blame; forgiveness; emotional infidelity; sexual infidelity
Contributors Sibicky, Mark (Advisor)
Language en
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Country of Publication us
Format application/pdf
Record ID oai:etd.ohiolink.edu:marietta1397827180
Repository ohiolink
Date Indexed 2016-12-22
Grantor Marietta College

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