The mere liking effect: Attitudinal influences on attributions of moral character
Konrad Bocian , Wiesław Baryła , Wojciech Kulesza , Simone Schnall , Bogdan Wojciszke
AbstractPeople 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.
|Journal series||Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, ISSN 0022-1031, (A 35 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.55|
|Keywords in English||Moral judgments, Moral character, Attitudes, Attribution|
|Publication indicators||: 2017 = 1.648; : 2017 = 2.87 (2) - 2017=3.805 (5)|
|Citation count*||22 (2021-02-27)|
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