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dc.contributor.authorKouchaki, Maryamen
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Isaac H.en
dc.contributor.authorSavani, Krishnaen
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-15T09:18:34Zen
dc.date.accessioned2019-12-06T13:35:27Z-
dc.date.available2019-10-15T09:18:34Zen
dc.date.available2019-12-06T13:35:27Z-
dc.date.issued2018en
dc.identifier.citationKouchaki, M., Smith, I. H., & Savani, K. (2018). Does deciding among morally relevant options feel like making a choice? How morality constrains people’s sense of choice. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 115(5), 788-804. doi:10.1037/pspa0000128en
dc.identifier.issn0022-3514en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10356/79856-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10220/50162en
dc.description.abstractWe demonstrate that a difference exists between objectively having and psychologically perceiving multiple-choice options of a given decision, showing that morality serves as a constraint on people’s perceptions of choice. Across 8 studies (N = 2,217), using both experimental and correlational methods, we find that people deciding among options they view as moral in nature experience a lower sense of choice than people deciding among the same options but who do not view them as morally relevant. Moreover, this lower sense of choice is evident in people’s attentional patterns. When deciding among morally relevant options displayed on a computer screen, people devote less visual attention to the option that they ultimately reject, suggesting that when they perceive that there is a morally correct option, they are less likely to even consider immoral options as viable alternatives in their decision-making process. Furthermore, we find that experiencing a lower sense of choice because of moral considerations can have downstream behavioral consequences: after deciding among moral (but not nonmoral) options, people (in Western cultures) tend to choose more variety in an unrelated task, likely because choosing more variety helps them reassert their sense of choice. Taken together, our findings suggest that morality is an important factor that constrains people’s perceptions of choice, creating a disjunction between objectively having a choice and subjectively perceiving that one has a choice.en
dc.format.extent58 p.en
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dc.relation.ispartofseriesJournal of Personality and Social Psychologyen
dc.rights© American Psychological Association, 2018. This paper is not the copy of record and may not exactly replicate the authoritative document published in the APA journal. Please do not copy or cite without author's permission. The final article is available, upon publication, at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pspa0000128en
dc.subjectMoralityen
dc.subjectChoiceen
dc.subjectBusiness::Managementen
dc.titleDoes deciding among morally relevant options feel like making a choice? How morality constrains people’s sense of choice.en
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.contributor.schoolCollege of Business (Nanyang Business School)en
dc.contributor.organizationCulture Science Instituteen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pspa0000128en
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