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Sensitivity to the magnitude of people's help depends on how it is framed
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

A study was conducted to examine if people’s sensitivity to the magnitude to which somebody helps depends on how the help is framed. To test this, participants read vignettes about moral agents whose help had one of three different magnitudes: a base level, a medium level (the base level times 5) and a high level (the base level times 10). The moral agents’ help was also framed in one of three ways. They either helped victims, volunteered a number of hours, or donated an amount to charity. To measure the sensitivity, participants rated how likeable they found the agent. It turned out that if the help was framed as helping victims, the participants were not at all sensitive to the different magnitudes of help. That is, an agent was not liked more if they helped a high or medium number of victims than if they helped a low number; neither were they liked more if they helped a high number than if they helped a medium number. However, in the two other types of framing, participants were more sensitive. When help was framed as volunteering a number of hours, participants liked an agent more if they volunteered a medium or high number of hours than if they only volunteered a low number of hours. But they did not like a participant more if they volunteered a high number of hours than if they volunteered a medium number of hours. The same exact pattern was found when framing help as donating to charity. A possible explanation for the result is given in the discussion.

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2019. , p. 38
Keywords [en]
evaluability, helping, impression formation, liking, moral judgment, scope insensitivity
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-158264ISRN: ISRN: LIU-IDA/KOGVET-A--19/008--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-158264DiVA, id: diva2:1332857
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Cognitive science
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2019-06-12, VON NEUMANN, 581 83 Linköping, Linköping, 16:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2019-07-02 Created: 2019-06-28 Last updated: 2019-07-02Bibliographically approved

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