The Benefits and Costs of a Rose-Colored Hindsight

Andreas Kappes, M. J. Crockett

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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 backwards: 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)644-646
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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