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Encouraging people to judge each other’s morals can get them to cooperate better, research shows. In a study in Scientific Reports , researchers found that people who had the opportunity to judge each other’s morality were more likely to cooperate and trust each other in a group than those who could not make such evaluations. “People really care about their moral reputation. So just knowing that you could be criticized keeps cooperation going.”. “Generally, people think of moral judgments negatively,” says Robb Willer, a sociologist at Stanford University, “but they are a critical means for encouraging good behavior in society.”. Researchers also found that the groups who were allowed to ma... Full story

21 April