The role of free will beliefs in social behavior: Priority areas for future research

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Recent research has examined the consequences that holding views about free will has on social behavior. Specifically, through manipulating people’s belief in free will, researchers have tested the psychological and behavioral consequences of free will belief change. However, findings of such manipulations have been shown to be relatively small and inconsistent. The purpose of this paper is to outline four key areas for researchers in this area to consider. We believe considering these areas will give a more nuanced understanding of the role of free will beliefs.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103586
JournalConsciousness and Cognition
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 01.10.2023

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    Research areas

  • Belief in free will, Social behavior, Manipulation, Beliefs
  • Psychology