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dc.contributor.authorFitzGibbon, Lilyen_UK
dc.contributor.authorMurayama, Kouen_UK
dc.description.abstractCounterfactual information, information about what might have been, forms the content of counterfactual thoughts and emotions like regret and relief. Recent research suggests that human adults and children, as well as rhesus monkeys, demonstrate "counterfactual curiosity": they are motivated to seek out counterfactual information after making decisions. Based on contemporary theories of curiosity and information seeking and a broad range of empirical literature, we suggest multiple heterogeneous psychological processes that contribute to people's motivation for counterfactual information. This includes processes that are identified in the curiosity literature more generally-the potential utility of counterfactual information for adaptive decision making (its long-term instrumental value) and the drive to reduce uncertainty. Additionally, we suggest that counterfactual information may be particularly alluring because of its role in causal reasoning; its relationship with prediction and decision making; and its potential to fulfil emotion regulation anden_UK
dc.publisherRoyal Society, Theen_UK
dc.relationFitzGibbon L & Murayama K (2022) Counterfactual curiosity: Motivated thinking about what might have been. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.
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dc.subjectInformation seekingen_UK
dc.subjectdecision makingen_UK
dc.titleCounterfactual curiosity: Motivated thinking about what might have beenen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.rights.embargoreason[FINAL FitzGibbon_Murayama_Counterfactual_Curiosity_Manuscript.pdf] Until this work is published there will be an embargo on the full text of this work.en_UK
dc.citation.jtitlePhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciencesen_UK
dc.type.statusAM - Accepted Manuscripten_UK
dc.contributor.funderJacobs Foundationen_UK
dc.contributor.funderAlexander von Humboldt Foundationen_UK
dc.contributor.funderThe Leverhulme Trusten_UK
dc.contributor.funderThe Leverhulme Trusten_UK
dc.description.notesOutput Status: Forthcomingen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Tuebingen (Eberhard Karls)en_UK
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorFitzGibbon, Lily|0000-0002-8563-391Xen_UK
local.rioxx.authorMurayama, Kou|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectProject ID unknown|The Leverhulme Trust|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectProject ID unknown|Alexander von Humboldt Foundation|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectProject ID unknown|Jacobs Foundation|
local.rioxx.filenameFINAL FitzGibbon_Murayama_Counterfactual_Curiosity_Manuscript.pdfen_UK
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