The Value of Believing in Free Will

@article{Vohs2008TheVO,
  title={The Value of Believing in Free Will},
  author={Kathleen D. Vohs and Jonathan W. Schooler},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  year={2008},
  volume={19},
  pages={49 - 54}
}
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… 

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