“End-Of-Life” Biases In Moral Evaluations Of Others
Cognition Volume 115, Issue 2, Pages 343-349
By George E. Newman, Kristi L. Lockhart and Frank C. Keil
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”.
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