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ERIC Number: EJ940831
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
More Dead than Dead: Perceptions of Persons in the Persistent Vegetative State
Gray, Kurt; Knickman, T. Anne; Wegner, Daniel M.
Cognition, v121 n2 p275-280 Nov 2011
Patients in persistent vegetative state (PVS) may be biologically alive, but these experiments indicate that people see PVS as a state curiously more dead than dead. Experiment 1 found that PVS patients were perceived to have less mental capacity than the dead. Experiment 2 explained this effect as an outgrowth of afterlife beliefs, and the tendency to focus on the bodies of PVS patients at the expense of their minds. Experiment 3 found that PVS is also perceived as "worse" than death: people deem early death better than being in PVS. These studies suggest that people perceive the minds of PVS patients as less valuable than those of the dead--ironically, this effect is especially robust for those high in religiosity. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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