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Are free will believers nicer people? (Four studies suggest not)

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Free will is widely considered a foundational component of Western moral and legal codes, and yet current conceptions of free will are widely thought to fit uncomfortably with much research in psychology and neuroscience. Recent research investigating the consequences of laypeople’s free will beliefs (FWBs) for everyday moral behavior suggest that stronger FWBs are associated with various desirable moral characteristics (e.g., greater helpfulness, less dishonesty). These findings have sparked...

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In press
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted manuscript

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Publisher:
SAGE Publications Publisher's website
Journal:
Social Psychological and Personality Science Journal website
Publication date:
2018
Acceptance date:
2018-05-11
ISSN:
1948-5506 and 1948-5514
Pubs id:
pubs:847740
URN:
uri:7f86010c-198f-4fff-9154-a99826c6635f
UUID:
uuid:7f86010c-198f-4fff-9154-a99826c6635f
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pubs:847740

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