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On being angry and punitive: How anger alters perception of criminal intent

Journal article
Authors Karl Ask
Afroditi Pina
Published in Social Psychological and Personality Science
Volume 2
Pages 494-499
Publication year 2011
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 494-499
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1177/1948550611398415
Subject categories Psychology

Abstract

Previous research has demonstrated that anger increases the tendency to blame and punish others for harmful behaviors. This study investigated whether such attributions extend to judgments of criminal intent, and it examined the mechanisms by which anger influences punitiveness. In an experiment, angry, sad, and neutral participants read about an ambiguously criminal behavior. As hypothesized, angry participants judged the behavior as being more intentional and the perpetrator as having more causal control than did neutral participants, and they were more willing to punish the wrongdoer. Sadness did not have a demonstrable effect on judgments, indicating a specific role of anger rather than a general negative affect. Moreover, the effect of anger on punitiveness was mediated by perceived criminal intent but not by perceived causal control. Implications for legal judgments and theories of blame attribution are discussed.

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