Involuntary classroom transition moderates the effect of Present Hedonistic perspective on the belief in free will

Eve A. Isham, Sara Lomayesva

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Abstract

Mitigation plans during the early stages of COVID-19 provided a unique, antagonistic environment in which drastic changes occurred quickly and did so with minimal freedom of choice (e.g., involuntary transition from in-person to online classroom). As such, individuals of different beliefs and perspectives would respond differently to these mitigations. We examined the interaction between the Present-Hedonistic (PH) perspective and involuntary classroom transition on the belief in free will (N = 131). PH-oriented individuals exhibit a strong desire for choice while also welcome new opportunities and change. Importantly, the perceived freedom of choice and capacity for change also serve as foundational constructs to the belief in free will. Our results revealed that involuntary transition weakened the free will belief in those with lower PH but did not affect those of higher PH orientation. These findings suggest that the interplay between the perception of choice and capacity for change account for how individuals responded to the COVID-19 pandemic mitigation plans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number111321
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume186
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2022

Keywords

  • Belief in free will
  • Classroom transition
  • COVID-19
  • Present hedonistic
  • Time perspectives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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