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    Reasoning about dead agents reveals possible adaptive trends
    with Jesse M. Bering and Todd K. Shackelford
    Human Nature 16 (4): 360-381. 2005.
    We investigated whether (a) people positively reevaluate the characters of recently dead others and (b) supernatural primes concerning an ambient dead agent serve to curb selfish intentions. In Study 1, participants made trait attributions to three strangers depicted in photographs; one week later, they returned to do the same but were informed that one of the strangers had died over the weekend. Participants rated the decedent target more favorably after learning of his death whereas ratings fo…Read more