3 March 2011
Psych 120B – Lecture 17
The Person as a Judge
• Equality rule: you split any money available money evenly between everyone who can receive money.
• Need rule: one individual needs more money, so the distribution is adjusted according to that person’s
• Equality and Need rule: split the money so the person who needs it more gets more money but it is still
more even than in the second scenario.
• Equity rule: due to input, one person deserves more money (favour them in some way).
• You have $1000 to distribute between paraplegics, obese, alcoholics, child abusers, Alzheimer’s, heart
• Second group is given reasons for each
o Paraplegics: hit by car/sky diving risk
o Obese: over-eating/thyroid disorder
o Alcoholic: love of drinking/genetic trait
o Child abuser: takes out frustration on children/abused as a child
o Alzheimer’s disease: brought about by age/because of drug use
o Heart disease: genetic trait/heavy smoking and unhealthy lifestyle
Paraplegic Obese Alcoholic Child Abuser Alzheimer’s Heart disease
A 300 50 75 0 250 200
B1 200 300 150 50 50 50
B2 350 25 25 0 200 325
• (A) Equity rule: those who are responsible for controllable characteristics get less money because they do
not deserve it.
• (B1) Gave construals that switched the responsibility. See if controllability is what we used to decide who
should get how much money.