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Lost in the crowd: conformity as escape following disbelief in free will

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dc.contributor.author Moynihan, Andrew B.
dc.contributor.author Igou, Eric Raymond
dc.contributor.author van Tilburg, Wijnand A.P.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-07-19T14:01:58Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6975
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract .Belief in free will is founded on the idea that people are responsible for their behavior. People who believe in free will derive meaning in life from these beliefs. Conformity refers to succumbing to external pressures and imitating others’ behaviors. Sometimes, conformity involves a loss of self‐awareness, which reduces perceived meaninglessness. We tested if disbelief in free will increases perceived meaninglessness and if people subsequently become more conformist to address this negative existential perception. We conducted three studies to test this hypothesis. In Study 1, experimentally induced disbelief in free will resulted in perceived meaninglessness. In Study 2, perceived meaninglessness correlated with conformity. Finally, in Study 3, perceived meaninglessness mediated the relationship between disbelief in free will and conformity, especially under high self‐awareness. We conclude that perceptions about meaning play a central role in the relationship between disbelief in free will and conformity. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Wiley and Sons Ltd en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries European Journal of Social Psychology; 49 (3), pp. 503-520
dc.relation.uri https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ejsp.2499
dc.rights This is the author version of the following article: Lost in the crowd: Conformity as escape following disbelief in free will Andrew B. Moynihan, Eric R. Igou,Wijnand A. P. van Tilburg European Journal of Psychology 2018 which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2499 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving. http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828039.html#terms
dc.subject free will en_US
dc.subject conformity en_US
dc.subject meaning en_US
dc.subject self-awareness en_US
dc.subject existential psychology en_US
dc.title Lost in the crowd: conformity as escape following disbelief in free will en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2018-07-19T13:55:18Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi doi:10.1002/ejsp.2499
dc.date.embargoEndDate 2019-04-21
dc.embargo.terms 2019-04-21 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2851506
dc.internal.rssid 2903097
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle European Journal Of Social Psychology
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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