Attitudes toward others depend upon self and other causal uncertainty

Tobin, Stephanie J., Osika, Matylda M. and McLanders, Mia (2014) Attitudes toward others depend upon self and other causal uncertainty. PloS One, 9 2: e87677.1-e87677.12. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0087677


Author Tobin, Stephanie J.
Osika, Matylda M.
McLanders, Mia
Title Attitudes toward others depend upon self and other causal uncertainty
Journal name PloS One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2014-02-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0087677
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 9
Issue 2
Start page e87677.1
End page e87677.12
Total pages 12
Editor José César Perales
Place of publication San Francisco, CA, United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
People who are high in causal uncertainty doubt their own ability to understand the causes of social events. In three studies, we examined the effects of target and perceiver causal uncertainty on attitudes toward the target. Target causal uncertainty was manipulated via responses on a causal uncertainty scale in Studies 1 and 2, and with a scenario in Study 3. In Studies 1 and 2, we found that participants liked the low causal uncertainty target more than the high causal uncertainty target. This preference was stronger for low relative to high causal uncertainty participants because high causal uncertainty participants held more uncertain ideals. In Study 3, we examined the value individuals place upon causal understanding (causal importance) as an additional moderator. We found that regardless of their own causal uncertainty level, participants who were high in causal importance liked the low causal uncertainty target more than the high causal uncertainty target. However, when participants were low in causal importance, low causal uncertainty perceivers showed no preference and high causal uncertainty perceivers preferred the high causal uncertainty target. These findings reveal that goal importance and ideals can influence how perceivers respond to causal uncertainty in others.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2015 Collection
School of Psychology Publications
 
Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 0 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article
Scopus Citation Count Cited 0 times in Scopus Article
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Wed, 05 Feb 2014, 16:58:44 EST by Dr Stephanie Tobin on behalf of School of Psychology