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Guilty, Free and Wise

Title: Guilty, Free and Wise: Determinism and Psychopathy Diminish Learning from Negative Emotions.
Name(s): Stillman, Tyler F., author
Baumeister, Roy, professor directing dissertation
Mele, Al, outside committee member
Tice, Dianne, committee member
Fincham, Frank, committee member
Joiner, Thomas, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2009
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Emotional experiences can bring about personal growth. For instance, feeling guilty may prompt one to learn from a mistake, and this learning can bring about different and better future behavior. Four studies (N = 570) found that belief in free will facilitated learning from emotional experiences, as deterministic beliefs were associated with reduced learning. Studies included both correlational (Study 1) and experimental (Studies 2-4) designs. Emotional responsiveness, as defined by low psychopathy scores, also facilitated learning from emotional experiences (Studies 3 and 4). The degree of learning associated with emotional experiences was measured by self-rating (Studies 1 and 2), independent evaluations of lessons learned (Study 3), and whether participants joined a campus recycling program (after being made to feel guilty about an environmental transgression; Study 4).
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0386 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Psychology.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2009.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: July 7, 2009.
Keywords: Determinism, Free Will, Psychopathy, Emotion, Guilt
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Roy Baumeister, Professor Directing Dissertation; Al Mele, Outside Committee Member; Dianne Tice, Committee Member; Frank Fincham, Committee Member; Thomas Joiner, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Stillman, T. F. (2009). Guilty, Free and Wise: Determinism and Psychopathy Diminish Learning from Negative Emotions. Retrieved from