The mere liking effect: Attitudinal influences on attributions of moral character

Konrad Bocian , Wiesław Baryła , Wojciech Kulesza , Simone Schnall , Bogdan Wojciszke


People believe that their moral judgments are well-justified and as objective as scientific facts. Still, dual-processmodels of judgment provide strong theoretical reasons to expect that in reality moral judgments are substantiallyinfluenced by highly subjective factors such as attitudes. In four experiments (N = 645) we provide evidencethat similarity-dissimilarity of beliefs, mere exposure, and facial mimicry influence judgments of moral charactermeasured in various ways. These influences are mediated by changes in liking of the judged persons, suggestingthat attitudinal influences lay at the core of moral character perceptions. Changes in mood do not play such arole. This is the first line of studies showing that attitudes influence moral judgments in addition to frequentlystudied discrete emotions. It is also the first research evidencing the affective influences on judgments of moralcharacter.
Author Konrad Bocian (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Konrad Bocian,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
, Wiesław Baryła (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Wiesław Baryła,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
, Wojciech Kulesza (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu)
Wojciech Kulesza,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu
, Simone Schnall
Simone Schnall,,
, Bogdan Wojciszke (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Bogdan Wojciszke,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
Journal seriesJournal of Experimental Social Psychology, ISSN 0022-1031, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.55
Keywords in EnglishMoral judgments, Moral character, Attitudes, Attribution
ASJC Classification3312 Sociology and Political Science; 3207 Social Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Oświadczenie Wojciszke.pdf 117.67 KB
Oświadczenie Bocian.pdf 322.59 KB
Oświadczenie Baryła.pdf 716.7 KB
Kulesza W._oświadczenie.pdf 23.39 KB
Score (nominal)35
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 1.648; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 2.87 (2) - 2017=3.805 (5)
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