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PERSONALITY & SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Yeonjeong Kim, Carnegie Mellon University
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2016 Heritage Dissertation Award Recipient

Detecting the Moral Character of Strangers: The Hidden Information Distribution and Evaluation (HIDE) Model

The ability to correctly judge other people’s moral character—their disposition to think, feel, and behave ethically—allows us to predict and possibly prevent unethical behaviors that harm individuals and society. My dissertation proposes a new theoretical framework of person perception—the HIDE mode—, and uses this framework to develop a battery of interview questions designed to covertly reveal strangers’ moral character through their spontaneous written responses. I examine the validity of these interview-based moral character judgments by testing how well they predict unethical behaviors.


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