Moral judgments for self and others

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Description: Participants rate their own moral transgressions as morally worse than those committed by others - but only when they are accidental (Cushman & Young, 2011, unpublished data). This project aims to 1. replicate this effect; 2. investigate factors driving this effect; 3. assess functional neural differences during the judgment of first-person versus third-person moral transgressions.


We aim to investigate how moral judgments differ for acts committed by the self versus another person, at the behavioral, cognitive, and neural level. Project Background In past work, we found that people condemn immoral acts slightly more when they themselves have committed them, versus when they judge acts committed by others - but only when the act is accidental (Cushman & Young, unpublished da...


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