Though not a study directly of ethics or morality in behavior there is a doctorate thesis that is empirical study of incident of 'support of nature' as providential grace in life from spiritual awakening. But evidently cultural upbringing has some lot to do with morality as expressed in behavior.
Think of a young being mentored by a guru over a lifetime as an example of culture, like exampled in the TM movement. There is a necessary correlation between spiritual development and acceptable moral behavior? skymtsea wrote : ( Rick Archer’s ) ethics article raises the question as to whether non-dual awakening results in spontaneous perfected, ethical actions. Some teachers and organizations have claimed this, or some variation of it, though there appears little empirical or even anecdotal evidence supporting such claims. That seems to be a premise with a rather steep hill to climb. Ethics is a rich, complex, interesting, nuanced, interrelated to many fields, area of knowledge. Develop a comprehensive ethical framework for one’s own life in a complex changing world, is a long journey. To further explore ethical frameworks issues relevant to whole societies and the world is a career task. Upon awakening, one doesn’t suddenly become adept at quantum physics (even though one is grounded in the vacuum state, ha.) Why would one become fully adept at ethical nuances and perfected behavior? Yet Pure Consciousness in activity does light up one’s life, pettiness, stressed behavior and reactivity diminish from day one of starting a good practice, compassion and empathy grow. And these qualities grow over time (and sometimes slinks away for a while). This points towards better behavior by the Awakened compared to where they began, however, it does not imply or necessarily mean perfected ethical behavior. There is a broader question: to what extent does the broader spectrum of behavior change upon awakening? If the ethical awakening hypothesis is valid, should there also be other large changes in behavior upon awakening? Let’s step back for a moment. What other areas of behavior change might change upon awakening? Current psychological theory and research commonly use a Five-Factor Model (FFM) of personality (Openness, Conscientiousness, Agreeableness, Extrovertism, and Neuroticism). These five factors have been found universally across all cultures, ages, genders, races, etc. and taking their five dimensions as a whole, describe the most salient features of most peoples’ personalities. For a wide range of behaviors, they have been shown to have strong explanatory and predictive power. And after youth, these factors have found to be relatively stable. They are resilient to change, though one can train to extend the range of each dimension, for example, introverts can learn more extrovert behaviors, though extrovertism typically still does not become part of their natural comfort zone. Do these five factors change upon awakening? Probably not, but it’s a ripe area for interesting and important research. If these five pillars of personality which underlie much of our behavior do not change upon awakening, why would a complex, nuanced set of skills such as perfected, spontaneous ethical behavior unfold? Cognitive biases are another set of powerful factors which substantially affect our behavior and are also quite resistant to change. Substantial research on these biases has significantly influenced a number of academic disciplines (into fields of “behavioral this and that” such as behavioral economics, and several Nobel prizes have been granted to researchers in the behavioral fields. Here is a link describing some of the more prominent cognitive biases. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases It would be fascinating to see if the awakened have significantly less cognitive biases – which if true, would be a major finding. I believe that studies would not show a significant change from the norm, may some minor reductions. Such a finding of little change in cognitive biases would go a long way in explaining the quirks of the awakened and realized teachers – that is, they all still are subject to the evolutionarily ingrained cognitive biases embedded in the human nervous system and this will result in a number of imperfect decisions and outcomes. Thus, the premise of a “life without mistakes” claimed by some teachers may be dubious. And in a similar vein to the FFM, if awakening does not affect cognitive biases, a major driver of behavior, why would awakening bring about a radical shift in ethical behaviors?