Magical Thinking in Decision Making About Companion Animals

We extended contagion, a form of magical thinking, to animate objects. Dogs with identical information were liked less and deemed less adoptable when this information included contact with an undesirable previous owner. The effect seemed to be modulated by a pity effect, however, when people were familiar with animal shelters.

Lennea R. Bower
American University
Zehra F. Peynircioglu
American University
Jordan R. Wyatt
American University

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