The Value of Believing in Free Will

  title={The Value of Believing in Free Will},
  author={K. Vohs and J. Schooler},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={49 - 54}
  • K. Vohs, J. Schooler
  • Published 2008
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychological Science
  • Does moral behavior draw on a belief in free will? Two experiments examined whether inducing participants to believe that human behavior is predetermined would encourage cheating. In Experiment 1, participants read either text that encouraged a belief in determinism (i.e., that portrayed behavior as the consequence of environmental and genetic factors) or neutral text. Exposure to the deterministic message increased cheating on a task in which participants could passively allow a flawed… CONTINUE READING
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