Navigation Links
'Heroes' Judged Harshly for Bad Behavior, Study Finds
Date:2/27/2011

SATURDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Your past record of good deeds won't help you escape blame when you do something wrong, suggests a new study. But you may get off easier if you're perceived as a victim.

U.S. researchers looked at study participants' reactions to a number of fictional scenarios representing real-life transgressions, ranging from stealing money to harming another person.

The results showed that, no matter how many previous good deeds a person had done, they received just as much blame -- if not more -- than people with less heroic backgrounds.

"People may come down even harder on someone like the Dalai Lama than they do on 'Joe Blow,'" study author Kurt Gray, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Maryland, said in a university news release.

"However, in our research those who have suffered in the past received significantly less blame, even if such suffering was both totally unrelated to the misdeed and long since past," he added.

The study findings are published in the March issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

"Our research suggests that morality is not like some kind of cosmic bank, where you can deposit good deeds and use them to offset future misdeeds. Instead, people ignore heroic pasts, or even count them against you, when assigning blame," said Gray, director of the university's Mind Perception and Morality Lab.

In fact, people tend to simply divide the world up into do-gooders and evil-doers, so "psychologically, the perceived distance between a hero and a villain is quite small, whereas there's a wide gap between a villain and a victim. This means that heroes are easily recast as evil-doers, whereas it's very hard to turn a victim into a villain," Gray explained.

More information

Visit the University of Maryland's Mind Perception and Morality Lab for more on this research.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Maryland, news release, Feb. 16, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. American Kidney Fund Raises Awareness, Honors Kidney Heroes during National Kidney Month
2. Haven Behavioral War Heroes Hospital to Offer Comprehensive Psychiatric Treatment for Military Service Members
3. Lindt USA Announces Lindt Unsung Heroes of Autism
4. Future Seems to Be Viewed More Harshly Than Past
5. Gay Teens Punished More Harshly Than Straight Peers: Analysis
6. Impulsive Behavior, Drinking Decline in Early Adulthood
7. Adolescent brains biologically wired to engage in risky behavior, study finds
8. New study highlights sexual behavior, condom use by US individuals ages 14 to 94
9. Pitt team finds teen brains over-process rewards, suggesting root of risky behavior, mental ills
10. Despite Treatment, Employees with Depression Generate Higher Absentee Costs, According to Thomson Reuters Study
11. American Council on Exercise (ACE) Study Reveals Kettlebells Provide Powerful Workout in Short Amount of Time
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
'Heroes' Judged Harshly for Bad Behavior, Study Finds
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... PawPaws brand pet ... product that was developed to enhance the health of felines. The formula is all-natural ... two main herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... and applications at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at the Hynes ... important health care topics including advance care planning, healthcare costs and patient and ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn ... specific project," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand ... all within Final Cut Pro X . Simply select a ProHand generator and ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method for ... is one of the first doctors to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are substances ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... A recent article published June 14 ... The article goes on to state that individuals are now more comfortable seeking to ... operations such as calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area medical group, Beverly ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... CLEMENTE, Calif. , June 24, 2016  American Respiratory Labs ... company, is now able to perform sophisticated lung assessments in patients, ... Technologies , Inc. Patients are no longer limited ... ndd,s EasyOne PRO ® , ARL patients like Jeanne R. of ... done in the comfort of her own home. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... NAMUR , Belgium , ...  (NYSE MKT: VNRX), today announced the appointment of ... Board of Directors as a Non-Executive Director, effective ... the Company,s Audit, Compensation and Nominations and Governance ... Board, Dr. Futcher will provide independent expertise and ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Any dentist who has made an implant supported ... Many of them do not even offer this as a ... laboratory costs involved. And those who ARE able to offer ... high cost that the majority of today,s patients would not ... Zadeh , founder of Dental Evolutions Inc. and inventor of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: