• Clayton Critcher, UC Berkeley
  • Erik G. Helzer, Johns Hopkins Univ.
  • David Tannenbaum, Univ. of Utah
  • David A. Pizarro, Cornell Univ.
Social perceivers exhibit more pluralism in sizing up character than in describing actions’ morality. We show that moral character evaluation is sensitive to non-moral cues that “test” character (e.g., time to make a decision). Those seen to have good character respond in ways that give confidence they can be trusted, even when such actions violate the perceiver’s moral code.