Stupid people deserve what they get: The effects of personality assessment on judgments of intentional action

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Knobe argues that people's judgments of the moral status of a side-effect of action influence their assessment of whether the side-effect is intentional. I tested this hypothesis using vignettes akin to Knobe's but involving economically or eudaimonistically (wellness-related) negative side-effects. My results show that it is people's sense of what agents deserve, and not the moral status of side-effects, that drives intuition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-334
Number of pages3
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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