Presentation Title

#TemptingFate: The Effect of Perceived Social Consequences on Tempting Fate Judgements

Format of Presentation

Poster to be presented Friday March 31, 2017

Abstract

The current study will attempt to replicate previous research showing that people tend to believe a negative outcome is more likely when someone has tempted fate. Tempting fate is committing an action that is perceived as risky in that a negative outcome may occur (e.g., wearing a university’s sweater before getting accepted). Based on previous explanations, we predict that when it is easier to imagine a negative outcome, people will believe it is more likely to happen. We will also build on previous work by manipulating the perceived social consequences of a tempting fate scenario to test whether the effect can be augmented. Participants will read one of three scenarios varying in perceived negativity before rating the likelihood of either a negative or a positive outcome and the protagonist’s anticipated emotional response. The findings will have implications for our understanding behind people’s decision-making processes when tempting fate in daily life.

Department

Psychology

Faculty Advisor

Catherine Ortner

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#TemptingFate: The Effect of Perceived Social Consequences on Tempting Fate Judgements

The current study will attempt to replicate previous research showing that people tend to believe a negative outcome is more likely when someone has tempted fate. Tempting fate is committing an action that is perceived as risky in that a negative outcome may occur (e.g., wearing a university’s sweater before getting accepted). Based on previous explanations, we predict that when it is easier to imagine a negative outcome, people will believe it is more likely to happen. We will also build on previous work by manipulating the perceived social consequences of a tempting fate scenario to test whether the effect can be augmented. Participants will read one of three scenarios varying in perceived negativity before rating the likelihood of either a negative or a positive outcome and the protagonist’s anticipated emotional response. The findings will have implications for our understanding behind people’s decision-making processes when tempting fate in daily life.