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Type of Resource: text

Genre: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Date Issued: 2012

Publisher: Florida Atlantic University

Physical Form: electronic

Extent: v, 27 p. : ill. (some col.)

Language(s): English

Summary: The current study investigated the interpretation of an agent's actions under the influence of external forces. Participants viewed a series of videos of an agent making a varying series of decisions and forced behaviors and were asked to predict future behavior. Firstly, we found evidence that suggests that perceivers make inferences about an agent that once they have shown a preference toward an object, they will persist with those initial desires, despite, external forces leading them to a different object. Secondly, we found evidence that suggests that submitting to a coerced choice will be perceived as reflecting a conflicting combination of pragmatic behavioral choice (due to concession to external forces) and maintenance of original desires, or, simply put, perceivers infer multiple underlying intentions in others.

Identifier: 810904864 (oclc), 3352877 (digitool), FADT3352877 (IID), fau:3913 (fedora)

Note(s): by Brian Vail.Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2012.Includes bibliography.Electronic reproduction. Boca Raton, Fla., 2012. Mode of access: World Wide Web.

Subject(s): Free will and determinationIdentity (Psychology)Self (Philosophy)Intentionality (Philosophy)Decision making -- Psychological aspectsPhilosophy of mind

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Owner Institution: FAU

Author: Vail, Brian.



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