Instructions for Assigning Blame Part 2


In the U.S. legal system, mental state at the time of the offense is taken into account in deciding guilt. For example, a person may be found not guilty by reason of insanity if that person was determined to be unable to distinguish right from wrong. In addition, punishments assigned by the court will take into account if the perpetrator was experiencing duress, diminished mental capacity, or less severe forms of mental illness. Sometimes defendants are treated leniently for acts they committed but for which they were judged unable to understand their action's consequences.

This is a study to see how psychologically, rather than legally, people assign blame based on a person's mental state or situation. In this study, blameworthy is defined as 'deserving reproach.' In the following questions, please judge how blameworthy you find the following people to be, based on who they were and what they did. The people who did these deeds were either a severely mentally ill adult, an adult with no impairment, an emotionally distressed adult, an adult under the influence of drugs, or a 10-year old child. The deeds these people did are also described. In each case you are to rate how blameworthy that person was for doing that deed.

Warmup Trials Assigning Blame


W1.
Who: A severely mentally ill adult
What: Threatening to punch someone
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


W2.
Who: An adult with no mental impairment
What: Murder
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


W3.
Who: A 10-year-old child
What: Robbery
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


W4.
Who: An emotionally distressed adult
What: Driving above the speed limit
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


W5.
Who: An adult under the influence of drugs or alcohol
What: Rape
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


W6.
Who: A severely mentally ill adult
What: Murder
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


W7.
Who: An adult with no mental impairment
What: Threatening to punch someone
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy



1.
Who: An emotionally distressed adult
What: Robbery
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


2.
Who: An emotionally distressed adult
What: Rape
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


3.
Who: An adult under the influence of drugs or alcohol
What: Murder
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


4.
Who: An emotionally distressed adult
What: Murder
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


5.
Who: An adult with no mental impairment
What: Threatening to punch someone
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


6.
Who: An adult under the influence of drugs or alcohol
What: Threatening to punch someone
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


7.
Who: A 10-year-old child
What: Robbery
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


8.
Who: An adult with no mental impairment
What: Murder
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


9.
Who: A 10-year-old child
What: Murder
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


10.
Who: An adult with no mental impairment
What: Robbery
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


11.
Who: A severely mentally ill adult
What: Murder
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


12.
Who: A 10-year-old child
What: Rape
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


13.
Who: A 10-year-old child
What: Threatening to punch someone
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


14.
Who: An emotionally distressed adult
What: Driving above the speed limit
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


15.
Who: An adult under the influence of drugs or alcohol
What: Rape
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


16.
Who: An adult under the influence of drugs or alcohol
What: Driving above the speed limit
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


17.
Who: An adult under the influence of drugs or alcohol
What: Robbery
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


18.
Who: A severely mentally ill adult
What: Driving above the speed limit
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


19.
Who: A severely mentally ill adult
What: Threatening to punch someone
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


20.
Who: A severely mentally ill adult
What: Robbery
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


21.
Who: An adult with no mental impairment
What: Rape
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


22.
Who: An emotionally distressed adult
What: Threatening to punch someone
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


23.
Who: A severely mentally ill adult
What: Rape
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


24.
Who: A 10-year-old child
What: Driving above the speed limit
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy


25.
Who: An adult with no mental impairment
What: Driving above the speed limit
Not blameworthy at all Very very blameworthy



26. What is your age? years.
27. Gender: Are you Male or Female?
Female
Male

28. How many years of Education have you completed? Put 12 for High School Diploma
Put 16 for college diploma (bachelor's degree).
put 20 for doctorate degree (Ph.D., M.D., etc).
Education:
29. Nationality (country of birth):
30. Comments:

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Thank You!