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Last year I read an interesting magazine article about some papers on a cognitive bias about group beliefs.

The papers highlight the fact that we tend to judge in a stronger way the same behavior if the person is not part of our social circle. So for example we tend to judge smokers more harshly if they are not our relatives.

I am looking for the name and/or references to this cognitive bias.

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  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps you weren't using the correct search terms (also, it's an under researched area). Perhaps read-up and reword your question with anything you need clearing-up. $\endgroup$ Oct 29 at 10:55
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This is called in-group favouritism:

... a pattern of favoring members of one's in-group over out-group members. This can be expressed in evaluation of others, in allocation of resources, and in many other ways.

Also see more generally: In-group_and_out-group.

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