Intentional inferences are not more likely than unintentional ones: Some evidence against the intentionality bias hypothesis

Jamie S. Hughes, Joshua Sandry, David Trafimow

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We conducted a study to test the hypothesis that inferences about intentionality are biased toward an intentional interpretation. Contrary to previous research, participants were no more likely to judge ambiguous actions as intentional in a speeded compared to an unspeeded condition. Further, participants were faster to respond and more consistent in responding to unintentional rather than intentional actions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Social Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • attribution
  • intentional bias
  • intentionality
  • social perception

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