Free will in everyday life: autobiographical accounts of free and unfree actions

Stillman, Tyler F., Baumeister, Roy F. and Mele, Alfred R. (2011) Free will in everyday life: autobiographical accounts of free and unfree actions. Philosophical Psychology, 24 3: 381-394. doi:10.1080/09515089.2011.556607


Author Stillman, Tyler F.
Baumeister, Roy F.
Mele, Alfred R.
Title Free will in everyday life: autobiographical accounts of free and unfree actions
Journal name Philosophical Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0951-5089
1465-394X
Publication date 2011-06-09
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09515089.2011.556607
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 24
Issue 3
Start page 381
End page 394
Total pages 14
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract What does free will mean to laypersons? The present investigation sought to address this question by identifying how laypersons distinguish between free and unfree actions. We elicited autobiographical narratives in which participants described either free or unfree actions, and the narratives were subsequently subjected to impartial analysis. Results indicate that free actions were associated with reaching goals, high levels of conscious thought and deliberation, positive outcomes, and moral behavior (among other things). These findings suggest that lay conceptions of free will fit well with the view that free will is a form of action control.
Keyword Consciousness
Determinism
Folk beliefs
Free will
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
 
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