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Free to Choose, Free to Dislike

Title: Free to Choose, Free to Dislike: Perceptions of Group Membership as a Choice Mediate the Relationship Between Belief in Free Will and Attitudes Toward Outgroup Members.
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Name(s): Brewer, Lauren E., author
Baumeister, Roy F., professor directing dissertation
Mele, Al, university representative
Tice, Dianne M., committee member
Cougle, Jesse, committee member
Gerend, Mary, committee member
Boot, Walter, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2013
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Across three studies, parts of a mediational model to explain the relationship between belief in free will and attitudes toward certain outgroups were tested. Study 1 tested and found support for the correlational hypothesis that belief in free will would be negatively related to attitudes toward people who identify as homosexual. Study 2 tested and found support for the correlational hypothesis that perception of outgroup membership as a choice would negatively predict attitudes toward those outgroups. Study 3 tested but did not find support for a mediational model. Specifically, it was predicted that the relationship between belief in free will and attitudes toward outgroups would be mediated by the perception that group membership was a choice. This model was predicted for outgroups in which it there was some cultural discourse as to whether membership was chosen. Specifically, this mediational model was predicted for homosexuality, obesity, and poverty, but not for Asians or a fictitious group, the Zeb. The manipulation in Study 3 failed to pass a manipulation check limiting the interpretation of the results. Studies 1 and 2, however provide preliminary support for a relationship between the variables of interest (free will belief, perception of group membership as a choice, and attitudes toward outgroups), but no causal claims can be made.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-7728 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2013.
Date of Defense: June 20, 2013.
Keywords: attitudes, choice, free will belief
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Roy F. Baumeister, Professor Directing Dissertation; Al Mele, University Representative; Dianne M. Tice, Committee Member; Jesse Cougle, Committee Member; Mary Gerend, Committee Member; Walter Boot, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
Neurosciences
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-7728
Owner Institution: FSU

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Brewer, L. E. (2013). Free to Choose, Free to Dislike: Perceptions of Group Membership as a Choice Mediate the Relationship Between Belief in Free Will and Attitudes Toward Outgroup Members. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-7728