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Title (Primary) Rules or consequences? The role of ethical mind-sets in moral dynamics
Author Cornelissen, G.; Bashshur, M.R.; Rode, J.; Le Menestrel, M.;
Journal Psychological Science
Year 2013
Department UPOL;
Volume 24
Issue 4
Language englisch;
POF III (all) T19;
Keywords moral balancing; moral consistency; ethical mind-sets; ethical behavior; morality; goals; decision making
UFZ wide themes ru6
Abstract

Recent research on the dynamics of moral behavior has documented two contrasting phenomena—moral consistency and moral balancing. Moral balancing refers to the phenomenon whereby behaving ethically or unethically decreases the likelihood of engaging in the same type of behavior again later. Moral consistency describes the opposite pattern—engaging in ethical or unethical behavior increases the likelihood of engaging in the same type of behavior later on. The three studies reported here supported the hypothesis that individuals’ ethical mind-set (i.e., outcome-based vs. rule-based) moderates the impact of an initial ethical or unethical act on the likelihood of behaving ethically on a subsequent occasion. More specifically, an outcome-based mind-set facilitated moral balancing, and a rule-based mind-set facilitated moral consistency.

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Persistent UFZ Identifier https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=13785
Cornelissen, G., Bashshur, M.R., Rode, J., Le Menestrel, M. (2013):
Rules or consequences? The role of ethical mind-sets in moral dynamics
Psychol. Sci. 24 (4), 482 - 488