Dirty deeds unwanted: The use of biased memory processes in the context of ethics

Maryam Kouchaki*, Francesca Gino

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

One's dishonest behavior is an unwelcome and unwanted memory and can become relatively inaccessible to consciousness over time. We review research that provides support for the active role that people have in shaping their memory of unethical actions. We argue that in service of social-advancement and self-enhancement, people are likely to use biased memory processes that involve obfuscating the truth so that they can maintain a moral self-image.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-86
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Volume6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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