Norms Affect Prospective Causal Judgments.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

People more frequently select norm-violating factors, relative to norm-conforming ones, as the cause of some outcome. Until recently, this abnormal-selection effect has been studied using retrospective vignette-based paradigms. We use a novel set of video stimuli to investigate this effect for prospective causal judgments-that is, judgments about the cause of some future outcome. Four experiments show that people more frequently select norm-violating factors, relative to norm-conforming ones, as the cause of some future outcome. We show that the abnormal-selection effects are not primarily explained by the perception of agency (Experiment 4). We discuss these results in relation to recent efforts to model causal judgment.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Henne, P; O'Neill, K; Bello, P; Khemlani, S; De Brigard, F

Published Date

  • January 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 1

Start / End Page

  • e12931 -

PubMed ID

  • 33415814

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1551-6709

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0364-0213

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/cogs.12931

Language

  • eng