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ERIC Number: EJ796532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Moral Appraisals Affect Doing/Allowing Judgments
Cushman, Fiery; Knobe, Joshua; Sinnott-Armstrong, Walter
Cognition, v108 n1 p281-289 Jul 2008
An extensive body of research suggests that the distinction between doing and allowing plays a critical role in shaping moral appraisals. Here, we report evidence from a pair of experiments suggesting that the converse is also true: moral appraisals affect doing/allowing judgments. Specifically, morally bad behavior is more likely to be construed as actively "doing" than as passively "allowing". This finding adds to a growing list of folk concepts influenced by moral appraisal, including causation and intentional action. We therefore suggest that the present finding favors the view that moral appraisal plays a pervasive role in shaping diverse cognitive representations across multiple domains. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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