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Title: HONESTY IS NOT ALWAYS THE BEST POLICY: THE EFFECTS OF POWER AND ALTRUISTIC LYING ON MORAL JUDGEMENTS
Authors: TEO ZHE MIN JERMAINE
Keywords: power, altruistic lying, moral judgements, empathy
Issue Date: 12-Apr-2018
Citation: TEO ZHE MIN JERMAINE (2018-04-12). HONESTY IS NOT ALWAYS THE BEST POLICY: THE EFFECTS OF POWER AND ALTRUISTIC LYING ON MORAL JUDGEMENTS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: An altruistic lie is a lie that benefits the target, at a cost incurred by the liar. The present study predicts that observers will judge altruistic lying to be more moral than selfish truth-telling (truth told for the gain of the liar at the expense of the target). It also predicts that social power will moderate this effect: (i) altruistic lying will be judged as less moral by powerful observers compared to less powerful observers; and (ii) selfish truth-telling will be judged as more moral by powerful observers compared to less powerful observers. The 2 X 2 fully-between experimental design included Perceived Power (High Power vs. Low Power) and Presence of Altruistic Lie (Altruistic Lie vs. Selfish Truth). The dependent variables were (a) moral judgements of the liar/truth-teller; (b) empathy towards the liar/truth-teller; and (c) empathy towards the person who was told the lie/truth. Two-way ANOVAs were conducted on the data of 107 participants. Altruistic lying was judged as more moral than selfish truth-telling by all observers, regardless of their power. This is due to benevolence being valued over honesty. The effect of power could not be studied due to the failure of the power manipulation.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/147146
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