You didn’t have to do that: belief in free will promotes gratitude

MacKenzie, Michael J., Vohs, Kathleen D. and Baumeister, Roy F. (2014) You didn’t have to do that: belief in free will promotes gratitude. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40 11: 1423-1434. doi:10.1177/0146167214549322

Author MacKenzie, Michael J.
Vohs, Kathleen D.
Baumeister, Roy F.
Title You didn’t have to do that: belief in free will promotes gratitude
Journal name Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1552-7433
Publication date 2014-11-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0146167214549322
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 40
Issue 11
Start page 1423
End page 1434
Total pages 12
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA 91320 United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Four studies tested the hypothesis that a weaker belief in free will would be related to feeling less gratitude. In Studies 1a and 1b, a trait measure of free will belief was positively correlated with a measure of dispositional gratitude. In Study 2, participants whose free will belief was weakened (vs. unchanged or bolstered) reported feeling less grateful for events in their past. Study 3 used a laboratory induction of gratitude. Participants with an experimentally reduced (vs. increased) belief in free will reported feeling less grateful for the favor. In Study 4, a reduced (vs. increased) belief in free will led to less gratitude in a hypothetical favor scenario. This effect was serially mediated by perceiving the benefactor as having less free will and therefore as being less sincerely motivated. These findings suggest that belief in free will is an important part of being able to feel gratitude.
Keyword Gratitude
Free will
Person perception
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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