The Heritability of Moral Standards for Everyday Dishonesty
Posted: 29 May 2013
Date Written: 2013
Previous research on the acceptability of dishonest actions has focused on the role of social norms and internal reward mechanisms. Using a sample of over 2,000 Swedish adult twins, this manuscript examines whether there exists another source that is driving differences in perceptions of the acceptability of dishonest actions: genetic variation. We find that much of the variation in perceptions of the acceptability of dishonest actions is attributable to genetic variation between individuals.
Keywords: ethics, genetic, individual differences, heterogeneity, variation
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