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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Perceiving commitments: When we both know that you are counting on me
Author(s): Bonalumi, Francesca
Michael, John
Heintz, Christophe
Keywords: commitment
moral judgment
mutual knowledge
Issue Date: 15-Jan-2021
Date Deposited: 4-Feb-2021
Citation: Bonalumi F, Michael J & Heintz C (2021) Perceiving commitments: When we both know that you are counting on me. Mind and Language.
Abstract: Can commitments be generated without promises or gestures conventionally interpreted as such? We hypothesized that people believe that commitments are in place when one agent has led a recipient to rely on her to do something, even without a commissive speech act or any action conventionalized as such, and this is mutual knowledge. To probe this, we presented participants with online vignettes describing everyday situations in which a recipient's expectations were frustrated by one's behavior. Our results show that moral judgments differed significantly according to whether the recipient's reliance was mutually known, irrespective of whether this was verbally acknowledged.
DOI Link: 10.1111/mila.12333
Rights: © 2021 The Authors. Mind & Language published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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