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Behaving Better

This NPR piece relates keeping your New Year’s Resolutions to Eric Schwitzgebel‘s (UC-Riverside) work on whether ethicists behave better.

The most interesting lesson from these findings — the one that motivated Schwitzgebel’s research — concerns the relationship between explicit thought and one’s actions. Recognizing the right thing to do isn’t always enough to motivate the right behavior. (Just ask anyone who’s ever tried to diet or give up an addiction.)

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