Perceived momentum influences responsibility judgments. Conference Proceeding Journal Article uri icon



  • This work examined how people judge the responsibility of sequential events (e.g., correct/incorrect guesses) for overall outcomes (e.g., winning/losing a trivia game). People are found to perceive momentum, even in contexts where it cannot exist (i.e., sequences of independent events), which leads them to expect streaks to continue. Events that break those streaks (e.g., an incorrect guess after a series of correct guesses) are more unexpected and, thus, held more responsible for overall outcomes. How these findings contribute to the contemporary understanding of responsibility judgments is discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved).

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  • July 18, 2019

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  • Parker JR; Paul I; Reinholtz N

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