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  • How do we use good behaviour to account for our indulgences?
  • How do we use good behaviour to account for our indulgences?
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Science

I deserve it! The science of moral licensing

Been for a run? Have a Mars bar. Donated to charity? Splurge on a dress. A growing body of research has highlighted an interesting quirk of human behaviour – moral licensing. Dr. Paul Conway, who studies the psychology of morality, explains to Canvas8 how good actions license bad behaviour.