Free to punish: a motivated account of free will belief.

@article{Clark2014FreeTP,
  title={Free to punish: a motivated account of free will belief.},
  author={C. Clark and Jamie B. Luguri and P. Ditto and J. Knobe and A. Shariff and R. Baumeister},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2014},
  volume={106 4},
  pages={
          501-13
        }
}
Belief in free will is a pervasive phenomenon that has important consequences for prosocial actions and punitive judgments, but little research has investigated why free will beliefs are so widespread. Across 5 studies using experimental, survey, and archival data and multiple measures of free will belief, we tested the hypothesis that a key factor promoting belief in free will is a fundamental desire to hold others morally responsible for their wrongful behaviors. In Study 1, participants… Expand
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