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Two Side-Effect Effects

Title: Two Side-Effect Effects: Harm Increases and Help Decreases Intention Judgments for Side Effects.
Name(s): Vonasch, Andrew J., author
Baumeister, Roy F., professor directing thesis
Kelley, Colleen, committee member
Maner, Jon, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: People judge others' harmful effects to be more intentional than their helpful effects (Knobe, 2003). The present work shows that two separate biases produce this side-effect effect: relative to morally neutral side effects, people judge immoral side effects to be more intended and morally good side effects to be unintended (Study 1). Past work on the intentionality of side effects has assumed the former bias, and not the latter bias, produces the side-effect effect. Existing theories explaining the side-effect effect would predict that only foreseen side effects could affect intention judgments. In Study 2, however, both expectations and the actual effects on the environment influenced judgments of intention. Harmful effects on the environment were judged as more intended than helpful effects, even when the CEO only foresaw helpful consequences of running the program.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-8906 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: December 5, 2013.
Keywords: Blame, Intentions, Judgment, Morality, Praise, Side-Effect Effect
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Roy F. Baumeister, Professor Directing Thesis; Colleen Kelley, Committee Member; Jon Maner, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Vonasch, A. J. (2014). Two Side-Effect Effects: Harm Increases and Help Decreases Intention Judgments for Side Effects. Retrieved from