Responsibility for forgetting


Journal Article

© 2018 Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature In this paper, we focus on whether and to what extent we judge that people are responsible for the consequences of their forgetfulness. We ran a series of behavioral studies to measure judgments of responsibility for the consequences of forgetfulness. Our results show that we are disposed to hold others responsible for some of their forgetfulness. The level of stress that the forgetful agent is under modulates judgments of responsibility, though the level of care that the agent exhibits toward performing the forgotten action does not. We argue that this result has important implications for a long-running debate about the nature of responsible agency.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Murray, S; Murray, ED; Stewart, G; Sinnott-Armstrong, W; de Brigard, F

Published Date

  • February 20, 2018

Published In

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 25

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-0883

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-8116

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11098-018-1053-3

Citation Source

  • Scopus