A CURRY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS - EMPATHIC EFFECTS ON COUNTERFACTUAL THINKING

Neil Macrae, Alan Berkeley Milne

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Abstract

The present research investigated the psychological correlates of counterfactual thinking. Building on existing research in this domain, it was predicted that emphatic focus would exert considerable influence on the magnitude of counterfactual effects on social judgements. More specifically, it was predicted that whereas a victim set would amplify the effects of counterfactual thinking on accident-related judgments, a perpetrator set would attenuate them. The results obtained strongly supported this prediction. The implications of these findings are considered, and suggestions are offered for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-630
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Volume18
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1992

Keywords

  • NORM THEORY
  • JUDGMENTS
  • MIGHT

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