F.Ex Coding Scheme for People's Folk Explanations of Behavior
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Bertram F. Malle, University of Oregon

The F.Ex coding scheme classifies folk explanations of behavior into four modes, one for unintentional behavior (cause explanations) and three for intentional behavior (reason explanations, causal history of reason explanations, and enabling factor explanations). Within each mode, there are also codes for specific features (such as reason type, reason content, and mental state markers for reason explanations). This coding scheme is based on a theoretical model of folk behavior explanations (Malle, 1999, 2004) that attempts to provide a descriptively accurate account of folk explanations and their conceptual assumptions. Recent research supports this model and illustrates some of the social functions that the identified modes and features of explanations perform (Malle, Knobe, O'Laughlin, Pearce, & Nelson, 2000, O'Laughlin & Malle, 2002; Malle, Knobe, & Nelson, in press)
Version 4.4, May 2007

Naturally occurring explanations coded with the F.Ex system

Coder training with the F.Ex system

New F.Ex workshop document (Oberlin, 2006)

New F.Ex Question & Answer document

New F.Ex reliability computations in SPSS

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