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    The effects of emotion and social consensus on moral decision-making

    Wang, Dawei and Kong, Xiangwei and Nie, Xinxiao and Shang, Yuxi and Xu, Shike and He, Yingwei and Maguire, Phil and Hu, Yixin (2021) The effects of emotion and social consensus on moral decision-making. Ethics & Behavior, 31 (8). pp. 575-588. ISSN 1050-8422

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    This study investigated the influence of different emotions and social consensus on moral decision-making using a mixed 2 (emotion: positive, negative) × 2 (social consensus: high, low) experimental design. The results showed that the main effect of social consensus was significant: the moral decision-making level of participants under the condition of low social consensus was lower than that of participants under the condition of high social consensus, while no main effect of emotion emerged. Second, the results showed that emotion and social consensus have interactive effects on moral decision-making. When social consensus was high, there was no significant difference in moral decision-making between individuals with positive emotions and individuals with negative emotions. When social consensus was low, individuals with negative emotions were more likely to make immoral decisions than individuals with positive emotions. These results reveal that emotion and social consensus work together in affecting moral decision-making.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Emotion; social consensus; moral decision-making; moral intensity; Issue Contingent Model;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Item ID: 16245
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    Depositing User: Phil Maguire
    Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2022 08:19
    Journal or Publication Title: Ethics & Behavior
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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