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Anger Damns the Innocent

Authors: Gabrielle Adams, Katherine A. DeCelles, Holly S. Howe, Leslie K. John

False accusations permeate social life—from the mundane blaming of other people to more serious accusations of infidelity and workplace wrongdoing. Importantly, false accusations can have grave consequences, including broken relationships, job loss, and reputational damage.  In this article, we document an equally pernicious phenomenon—the misuse of anger as a cue to predict whether a suspect has been falsely accused.

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