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The Benefits and Costs of a Rose-Colored Hindsight

Kappes, A. & Crockett, M. (2016). The Benefits and Costs of a Rose-Colored Hindsight. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20(9), pp. 644-646. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2016.06.009


Self-serving biases lead people to see themselves and their future through rose-colored glasses. New research by Kouchaki and Gino suggests this rosy view also extends backward: memories of unethical behavior are less vivid than memories of good deeds. This so-called “unethical amnesia” has many individual benefits, but also carries social costs.

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Additional Information: © 2016 Elsevier. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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