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|Title:||People as intuitive prosecutors: The impact of social-control goals on attributions of responsibility|
|Citation:||Tetlock, P.E., Visser, P.S., Singh, R., Polifroni, M., Scott, A., Elson, S.B., Mazzocco, P., Rescober, P. (2007-03). People as intuitive prosecutors: The impact of social-control goals on attributions of responsibility. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 43 (2) : 195-209. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.|
|Abstract:||Three experiments explored determinants of punitive character attributions to norm violators. Experiment 1 showed that ideological conservatism and manipulated threat to society increased anger and attributional punitiveness when there was ambiguity about culpability. Experiment 2 showed that informing observers that norm violations were widespread and rarely punished increased attributional punitiveness by activating anger-charged retributive goals. Experiment 3 showed that liberals and conservatives alike felt justified in assigning greater blame to high-status perpetrators who commit acts of negligence with more severe consequences but that only conservatives felt justified in doing so for low-status perpetrators. Overall, the results reinforce the hypothesis that societal threat activates a prosecutorial mindset identifiable by a correlated cluster of attributions, emotions, punishment goals and punitiveness. © 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.|
|Source Title:||Journal of Experimental Social Psychology|
|Appears in Collections:||Staff Publications|
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