Arguments and deontic decisions

Green, D. W., McClelland, A., Muckli, L. and Simmons, C. (1999) Arguments and deontic decisions. Acta Psychologica, 101(1), pp. 27-47. (doi: 10.1016/S0001-6918(98)00043-2)

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Three experiments examined deontic decisions about issues such as the amount of fine a restaurant should pay given an instance of food poisoning. Experiment 1 showed that a presented but unendorsed reason affected such a deontic decision relative to a condition in which individuals generated a single reason for their decision. Experiment 2 demonstrated that the effect of a presented but unendorsed reason was reduced when it was explicitly rebutted. Experiment 3 confirmed that deontic decisions vary as function of the relationship between successive, explicitly presented, arguments. Regression analyses of the decision data in the three experiments showed that cognitive reasons were always an important source of explained variance and that sympathy for the victim was especially relevant when decisions involved a crime against the person.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Muckli, Professor Lars
Authors: Green, D. W., McClelland, A., Muckli, L., and Simmons, C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Acta Psychologica
ISSN (Online):1873-6297
Published Online:19 October 1999

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