Cueing Implicit Commitment

  • Francesca BonalumiEmail author
  • Margherita Isella
  • John Michael


Despite the importance of commitment for distinctively human forms of sociality, it remains unclear how people prioritize and evaluate their own and others’ commitments - especially implicit commitments. Across two sets of online studies, we found evidence in support of the hypothesis that people’s judgments and attitudes about implicit commitments are governed by an implicit sense of commitment, which is modulated by cues to others’ expectations, and by cues to the costs others have invested on the basis of those expectations.



This work was supported by a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (nr 679092, SENSE OF COMMITMENT). We would like to thank Jinnie Ooi and Eszter Salamon for assistance with data collection, as well as Christophe Heintz, Thom Scott-Phillips and Barbora Siposova for helpful comments and discussion.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cognitive ScienceCentral European UniversityBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyVita-Salute San Raffaele UniversityMilanItaly
  3. 3.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK

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