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Objective self-awareness, standards of evaluation, and moral behavior

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Title: Objective self-awareness, standards of evaluation, and moral behavior.
Name(s): Vallacher, Robin R., creator
Solodky, Maurice, creator
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 1979
Publisher: Elsevier Inc.
Physical Description: text/pdf[10p]
Language(s): English
Identifier: 2796533 (digitool), FADT2796533 (IID), fau:2652 (fedora)
FAU Department/College: Department of Psychology Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Note(s): In a performance setting, subjects were given an opportunity to cheat without fear of detection on puzzle problems. Subjects were led to believe that successful performance was due to ability in some conditions, but to luck in other conditions. In fact, most of the problems were insolvable, so that success was impossible without cheating. Self-awareness was induced in half the subjects by having them sit in front of a mirror and listen to a tape recording of their own voice as they worked on the puzzle problems; the remaining subjects were not exposed to a mirror and listened to a tape of someone else's voice as they worked on the problems. It was predicted that cheating frequency would be higher under ability attribution conditions than under luck attribution conditions, and that this effect of performance attribution would be greater among self-aware subjects than among non-self-aware subjects. Results confirmed these hypotheses. Discussion centered on the differential use of morality and competence standards for behavior when in a state of self-awareness.
This is the author’s version of a work accepted for publication by Elsevier. Changes resulting from the publishing process, including peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting and other quality control mechanisms, may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. The definitive version has been published online at and may be cited as Vallacher, Robin R. and Solodky, Maurice (1979) Objective Self‐Awareness, Standards of Evaluation, and Moral Behavior, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 15(3):254‐262 doi: 10.1016/0022‐1031(79)90036‐2
Subject(s): Self-perception.
Psychology --Experiments.
Decision making --Moral and ethical aspects.
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