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Mutability and propensity in causal selection.
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PMID:  11079234     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We examined differences in causal ratings of 1 factor depending on the mutability (defined as the ease with which a factor can be imagined to be different) and causal propensity (defined as the likelihood that the event would occur in the presence of a factor) of another factor that conjoined to produce the event. In 3 studies, causal ratings of the target factor depended on the interaction of mutability and propensity of the other factor. When the other factor was high in mutability, ratings of the target decreased as the propensity of the contributing factor increased, but when the other was low in mutability, ratings of the target increased as the propensity of the contributing factor increased. Mediation analysis indicated that mutability and propensity affected causal ratings by determining the comparison against which the event was considered. Comparison judgments also mediated beliefs about which factor should have adjusted to the other.
A L McGill; A E Tenbrunsel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of personality and social psychology     Volume:  79     ISSN:  0022-3514     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pers Soc Psychol     Publication Date:  2000 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-02-20     Completed Date:  2001-02-22     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0014171     Medline TA:  J Pers Soc Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  677-89     Citation Subset:  IM    
Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago, Illinois 60637, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Decision Making*
Observer Variation
Social Control, Informal
Social Perception*

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