Moral Licensing

I think it is fair to say that learning, at least in formal contexts, generally takes mental discipline.

With that, I found this article interesting. It argues: “People are actually more likely to engage in morally questionable behavior after they have engaged in moral behavior. So moral behavior can almost function like a type of monetary currency and you can bank this.”

Which leads me to wonder whether learners are more likely to choose to, say, quick check into social media during a class when they know they really shouldn’t if they’ve recently done something admirable that filled their moral bank. For instance, if a conference hosts a charity event one night, are learners more likely the next day to pay less attention in class?


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