Moral Decision Making Is Not Independent Of Trait Anger

2141 WordsAug 24, 20169 Pages
Abstract Many have deliberated over the cognitive processes involved in morality. Despite moral cognition being a very unique process for each individual, there is far less research on the role of individual differences in moral judgments. It was predicted that one would find associations between certain traits; disgust propensity and trait anger, with authority agreeableness and utilitarian judgment. Participants were 596 University of Melbourne students, mean age 22.42 years. The data was collected from responses on a series of subscales in a questionnaire. There was a significant positive correlation between disgust propensity and authority agreeableness, suggesting that emotional states (intuition) can override and influence reasoning, supporting modern dual system and social models of moral decision-making. No associations were found with trait anger. This hypothesis was recognized as inconclusive due to other research findings that suggest moral decision-making is not independent of trait anger. Also, the various limitations of the study may have affected results. Morality has for a long time been a subject of extensive relevance, receiving close review. Since the early theories of moral development, such as Lawrence Kohlberg’s (1984) six stages, many have deliberated over the processes involved in making moral judgments. However, there is little current research that focuses on particular individual differences and their influence on
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