Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions

2013 Edition
| Editors: Anne L. C. Runehov, Lluis Oviedo


Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8265-8_200034

The quality of a behavior being intentional – that is, chosen, purposeful, done for a reason. Research shows that five components have to be present for people to consider a behavior intentional: the actor must have had a desire for an outcome, a belief that the behavior will lead to the outcome, an intention to perform the behavior, awareness of fulfilling that intention while performing the behavior, and skill to perform the behavior.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological SciencesBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA