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Does blindness influence trust? A comparative study on social trust among blind and sighted adults

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posted on 2023-06-09, 08:33 authored by Anna Oleszkiewicz, Katarzyna Pisanski, Agnieszka Sorokowska
Although blind individuals must often rely on others to navigate their physical environment, recent studies concerning differences between blind and sighted persons in attributing social traits to others based on nonvisual cues remain inconclusive. Here we examined whether blind and sighted individuals vary in their level of social trust in others. One hundred and twenty-four healthy men and women participated in the study, including 32 congenitally blind, 27 late blind, and 65 sighted adult controls. We measured levels of social trust represented by two independent convictions, that people are exploitative, or dishonest. Linear mixed models showed no significant differences between sighted, late blind and congenitally blind individuals, indicating that visual deprivation does not predict level of trust in others. For both blind and sighted participants, the belief that people are exploitative was stronger than the belief that people are dishonest.

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Publication status

  • Published

File Version

  • Accepted version

Journal

Personality and Individual Differences

ISSN

0191-8869

Publisher

Elsevier

Volume

111

Page range

238-241

Department affiliated with

  • Psychology Publications

Full text available

  • Yes

Peer reviewed?

  • Yes

Legacy Posted Date

2017-11-02

First Open Access (FOA) Date

2019-02-16

First Compliant Deposit (FCD) Date

2017-11-01

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