Dimensions of Mind Perception

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Science  02 Feb 2007:
Vol. 315, Issue 5812, pp. 619
DOI: 10.1126/science.1134475

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Participants compared the mental capacities of various human and nonhuman characters via online surveys. Factor analysis revealed two dimensions of mind perception, Experience (for example, capacity for hunger) and Agency (for example, capacity for self-control). The dimensions predicted different moral judgments but were both related to valuing of mind.

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