Psyc345 Social Inference Lab

Students read one of the two stories below:

One Saturday evening, Karen decided to go out for some seafood gumbo. She regularly went to the restaurant around the corner. On this occasion, however, she felt like a change so went to a place further uptown that sheĠd never before visited. Upon arriving home, at 11:30pm, Karen became violently ill. Her roommate took her to the emergency room, and food poisoning was diagnosed. Karen was detained in the hospital several days, and her illness was traced to the gumbo

One Saturday evening, Karen decided to go out for some seafood gumbo. As usual, she went to the restaurant around the corner, and ate her meal there. Upon arriving home, at 11:30pm, Karen became violently ill. Her roommate took her to the emergency room, and food poisoning was diagnosed. Karen was detained in the hospital several days, and her illness was traced to the gumbo.


How much compensation should Karen receive from the restaurant?
$0..... $300..... $600..... $900..... $1200..... $1500..... $1800.....

How negligent was the restaurant?
Not at all negligent... 1... 2... 3... 4... 5... 6 ...7

How much of a fine should be leveled against the restaurant?
$0..... $1000..... $2000..... $3000..... $4000..... $5000..... $6000


Macrae, C. N. (1992). A tale of two curries: Counterfactual thinking and accident-related judgments. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 18, 84-87