Genschow, Oliver, Hawickhorst, Heinz, Rigoni, Davide ORCID: 0000-0001-9045-3190, Aschermann, Ellen and Brass, Marcel . Professional Judges' Disbelief in Free Will Does Not Decrease Punishment. Soc. Psychol. Personal Sci.. THOUSAND OAKS: SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC. ISSN 1948-5514

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Abstract

There is a debate in psychology and philosophy on the societal consequences of casting doubts about individuals' belief in free will. Research suggests that experimentally reducing free will beliefs might affect how individuals evaluate others' behavior. Past research has demonstrated that reduced free will beliefs decrease laypersons' tendency toward retributive punishment. This finding has been used as an argument for the idea that promoting anti-free will viewpoints in the public media might have severe consequences for the legal system because it may move judges toward softer retributive punishments. However, actual implications for the legal system can only be drawn by investigating professional judges. In the present research, we investigated whether judges (N= 87) are affected by reading anti-free will messages. The results demonstrate that although reading anti-free will texts reduces judges' belief in free will, their recommended sentences are not influenced by their (manipulated) belief in free will.

Item Type: Journal Article
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Genschow, OliverUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hawickhorst, HeinzUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rigoni, DavideUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0001-9045-3190UNSPECIFIED
Aschermann, EllenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Brass, MarcelUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-330227
DOI: 10.1177/1948550620915055
Journal or Publication Title: Soc. Psychol. Personal Sci.
Publisher: SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
Place of Publication: THOUSAND OAKS
ISSN: 1948-5514
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
KeywordsLanguage
BELIEF; PEOPLEMultiple languages
Psychology, SocialMultiple languages
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/33022

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