Unethical and Inept? The Influence of Moral Information on Perceptions of Competence

  title={Unethical and Inept? The Influence of Moral Information on Perceptions of Competence},
  author={Jennifer E Stellar and Robb Willer},
  journal={Journal of Personality and Social Psychology},
While moral character heavily influences global evaluations of others (Goodwin, Piazza, & Rozin, 2014), its causal effect on perceptions of others’ competence (i.e., one’s knowledge, skills, and abilities) is less clear. We found that people readily use information about another’s morality when judging their competence, despite holding folk intuitions that these domains are independent. Across 6 studies (n = 1,567), including 2 preregistered experiments, participants judged targets who… 

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