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How to discriminate between true and false intent? Towards a new experimental paradigm

Författare och institution:
Melanie Knieps (Psykologiska institutionen); Pär-Anders Granhag (Psykologiska institutionen)
Publicerad i:
Program of the 6th meeting of the Nordic Network for research on Psychology and Law (NNPL), Tallinn, Estonia,
Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat
Sammanfattning (abstract):
We argue that the emerging concept of episodic future thought (EFT) is a prime candidate for capturing the core mental processes at play when forming an intention. Furthermore, we argued that tapping the most essential EFT feature - to represent the future in the form of a mental image - will cast light on how statements on the formation of true and false intentions may differ. Specifically, we assumed that the processes relevant for constructing a convincing cover-story (which is needed in order to conceal a criminal intent) are very different from the processes at play when forming a true intention. To test our assumption we devised an experimental set-up accommodating the main characteristics of intent and allowing for EFT (the participants were encouraged to envisage themselves acting in the future). The combined empirical evidence supports our assumption that EFT illuminates the differences between forming true and false intentions.
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False intent, true intent, deception
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2009-12-11 14:21
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2009-12-14 09:48

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