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Title: Power of source as a factor in deontic inference
Authors: Kilpatrick, S.G.
Manktelow, Ken I.
Over, D.E.
Citation: Thinking & Reasoning, 13 (3) : 295-317
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: Thinking & Reasoning
Issue Date: 2007
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/30414
DOI: 10.1080/13546780601008783
Additional Links: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713685607~db=all
Abstract: Power has been studied in various guises in both the social cognition and the reasoning literatures. In this paper, three experiments are reported in which this factor was investigated in the domain of deontic thinking. Power of source of deontic statements was varied within several scenarios, and participants judged the degree to which they thought an injunction would be carried out. In the first experiment, permission statements were used, and it was found that, as predicted, power was positively related to degree of endorsement of deontic conclusions across scenarios. In the second experiment, these findings were generalised across three further deontic domains (threat, warning, and promise) and two different syntactic forms (conjunctive and disjunctive). In the third experiment, the hypothesis that power effects were mediated by subjective judgements of conditional probability was investigated and confirmed. It is argued that these results favour theories that give a general role to probabilistic factors, rather than those based on domain-specific
Type: Article
Language: en
Keywords: Cognitive Psychology
Philosophy
Thinking
Reasoning and Problem Solving
ISSN: 13546783
14640708
Appears in Collections: Psychology of Health Research Group

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