Actor-Observer Differences in Intentional Action Intuitions


Empirically minded researchers have begun exploring the “folk” notion of intentional action, often with surprising results. In this paper, we extend these lines of research and present new evidence from a radically new paradigm in exploration of folk intuitions about intentional action. Our results suggest that in some circumstances people make strikingly different judgments about intentions and intentionality as a function of whether the person brings about or observes an event. Implications for action theory and the experimental study of folk intuitions are discussed.

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