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ERIC Number: EJ1146062
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 88
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0278-7393
Our Moral Choices Are Foreign to Us
Corey, Joanna D.; Hayakawa, Sayuri; Foucart, Alice; Aparici, Melina; Botella, Juan; Costa, Albert; Keysar, Boaz
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v43 n7 p1109-1128 Jul 2017
Though moral intuitions and choices seem fundamental to our core being, there is surprising new evidence that people resolve moral dilemmas differently when they consider them in a foreign language (Cipolletti et al., 2016; Costa et al., 2014a; Geipel et al., 2015): People are more willing to sacrifice 1 person to save 5 when they use a foreign language compared with when they use their native tongue. Our findings show that the phenomenon is robust across various contexts and that multiple factors affect it, such as the severity of the negative consequences associated with saving the larger group. This has also allowed us to better describe the phenomenon and investigate potential explanations. Together, our results suggest that the foreign language effect is most likely attributable to an increase in psychological distance and a reduction in emotional response.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain; Spain (Barcelona)
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1520074