[ExI] experiment regarding ethical behaviors vs status
anders at aleph.se
Mon Mar 26 22:16:27 UTC 2012
Feeling you have power over other people may cause various cognitive
It makes your ethical thinking more rule based than outcome biased,
moves your thinking towards a more abstract level and increases
stereotyping of other people. Power-primed people more often assumed
other people had the same information as they did (the "telepathic boss"
problem), and were less good at judging emotional expression.
Note that 'feeling' is the operative word: in the studies analysing
this, the bias was activated by writing a one page essay about "a time
when I held power over other people".
So here is my counter-theory: maybe bad behavior from drivers of
expensive cars is partially due to the car itself acting as a power-cue.
Future of Humanity Institute
Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University
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