A TALE OF 2 CURRIES - COUNTERFACTUAL THINKING AND ACCIDENT-RELATED JUDGMENTS

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Abstract

The present research investigated the effects of counterfactual thinking on subjects' accident-related judgments. It was predicted that the availability of counterfactual alternatives for an accident would result in differential evaluation of incident-related victims and perpetrators. The results of two studies strongly supported this prediction. Specifically, subjects awarded more financial compensation to the victim of an accident when it was preceded by exceptional rather than routine circumstances. Similarly, under these conditions the accident perpetrators were deemed to be more negligent in their behavior and a harsher fine was leveled against them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-87
Number of pages4
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Volume18
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1992

Keywords

  • NORM THEORY
  • MIGHT

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