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ERIC Number: EJ876036
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
"End-of-Life" Biases in Moral Evaluations of Others
Newman, George E.; Lockhart, Kristi L.; Keil, Frank C.
Cognition, v115 n2 p343-349 May 2010
When evaluating the moral character of others, people show a strong bias to more heavily weigh behaviors at the end of an individual's life, even if those behaviors arise in light of an overwhelmingly longer duration of contradictory behavior. Across four experiments, we find that this "end-of-life" bias uniquely applies to intentional changes in behavior that immediately precede death, and appears to result from the inference that the behavioral change reflects the emergence of the individual's "true self". (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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