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Stanford University

Stanford Computation and Cognition Lab

In this study, we are interested in how people read stories and make judgments about behavior.

Why do people behave the way they do?

There may be many different reasons why someone does something. In particular, we are interested in 4 types of causes: thoughts, emotions, aims, and situational causes.

Type Definition Example
Thoughts They have some thoughts or beliefs about the way that the world is that makes them behave so. Bob moved to Iowa because he thinks people are nice there.
Emotions They feel a certain emotion that makes them behave so. Bob ran away because he was feeling scared.
Aims They behave that way to achieve a certain aim. Bob kicked the ball because he wanted to win the game.
Situational Causes They behave that way because of the situation. Bob shivered because it was cold outside.

For the next few pages, we will be asking you to think about possible causes of behavior.

Please use the sliders to rate how likely you think the behavior was caused by each type of cause.

because ...

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... he was motivated by some thoughts or beliefs about the way the world is
... he felt some emotions
... he wanted to achieve some aims of his
... of some situational causes

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