Faculty Advisor

Skorinko, Jeanine

Abstract

The theory of moral credentialing (Monin & Miller, 2001) states that when individuals become aware of their moral good they may act immorally in future endeavors because they feel they have earned "moral credits". The current experiment expands this theory to investigate the effects of relationship closeness (friend v. acquaintance), volitional choice (choice v. no choice), and valence (positive v. negative) of an experience on moral credentialing. Results show that relationship closeness leads to increased prejudice and induces moral credentialing.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2010

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Major

Psychological Science

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies

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