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For questions about the neural and psychological processes underlying moral reasoning, moral development, and the psychology of morality in general. Questions about whether something IS moral is a philosophical question, and will often not be suited to this site.

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Is the ability to inflict violence effectively strongly inversely correlated with ability to make moral judgements?

Correct me if I understand Kevin Dutton incorrectly. (I only base the below understanding on some media interviews and his website; I still have to read his books). Let me attempt to summarize what he ...
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Has neuroscience yet proved that antisocial humans think in terms of anything resembling moral circuitry when targeting their victims? [closed]

Popular philosopher Frederich Wilhelm Nietzsche hypothesized and theorized that there are two core languages of moralities, rather than 'morality'. These languages are the master morality, and the ...
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Do humans possess a sixth "moral sense"?

Some authors posit that humans possess a sixth sense that distinguishes right and wrong: "To nephew Peter Carr (19 Aug. 1785), Jefferson says that the god-given moral sense, innate and ...
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Any researchers doing research in Nietzschean psychology?

I am eager to do research in Nietzschean psychology Are there any researchers doing research in this area? Thanks in advance.
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Looking for a study featuring a self-reflection growth/distribution curve

What I mean is a graph that would either feature: a histogram of self-reflection distribution in the general population a curve reflecting the growth in self-reflection resulting from a therapy or a ...
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What are some reasons that make rule-based reasoning about morality more intuitive than utilitarian reasoning?

Anecdotally, people are often more into rule-based reasoning. For instance, "honesty is always the right policy" is widely accepted throughout many cultures. It is less often for cultures to ...
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Superego and Moral Standards

I am not well read in psychology, but when I dealt with Sigmund Freud and his Psychodynamic Theories, I couldn't answer a question by myself. Or maybe I don't understand it that much. My question is ...
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Why do people find certain, but not all, forms of discrimination wrong?

Discrimination can be understood as “making judgment based on general, rather than case-specific, information”. For instance, racial discrimination is making judgments based on one’s race (general ...
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What is the most accurate method of discerning between “irredeemable evil” and “temporary insanity”?

To be precise, by "evil" I am referring specifically to the weakness of the trait of (or compulsion) for “genuine care and concern for the wellbeing of others” with respect to the strength ...
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What are the most promising technologies to aid in the detection of those who are without conscience?

Some human beings appear to be “without conscience” in that their actions in the world appear to be unrestrained by genuine care and concern for the well being of other human beings. Some of these ...
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What percentage of the population have the brain anomaly associated with the inability to exhibit empathy?

According to an article on livescience.com, "Narcissists' Lack of Empathy Detected in Brain Scans", research seems to indicate that a low volume of grey matter in the left anterior insula is ...
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What are the necessary preconditions for the emergence of a conscience?

I am aware of 2 brain anomalies that seem to be associated with the non-emergence of a conscience. One is associated with psychopathy. The other is associated with narcissism. psychopathy: My ...
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On a variation of Trolley's problem. How to explain the survey's results?

It is not long since a friend of mine reported about an experiment they would do in their philosophy class, or rather, in their philosophy classes. At that time, his and the parallel class were ...
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Is a concept of good and bad innate or learned?

Some people would say that without religion, there would be no moral code to tell us what is good and bad. Some Darwinist's like Dawkins say that acts like sharing and feelings like guilt are innate ...
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What is the matrix of self and the outside world, evil and good?

I remember that there is a matrix in my textbook when I studied the basic psychology in colleage. The four 4 quadrants are 1) self is good and the outside world is also good; 2) self is evil but the ...
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What's the difference between flaws of character and a personality disorder?

Okay, I have read this question and 2 answers and I don't believe these are the same questions. It's not about legal status or the moral appropriateness of punishment by society. And it's not about ...
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Do most people want to murder?

It seems like the most popular theory among philosophers and neuroscientists who believe in free will is something called free won’t. This basically means that we cannot will what we want to will, but ...
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Is the negative correlation between (higher) moral judgement and authoritarianism and/or ethnocentrism confirmed?

I found an interesting 1989 study by van Ijzendoorn [negatively] correlating the level of moral judgment, measured using Kohlberg dilemmas, with some measure of authoritarianism and another of ...
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How does Kohlberg's moral reasoning work, can I measure it myself?

Is there any way I can work out what stage Kohlberg would claim I was operating at? I do refer, when thinking about what is best, permissible, etc., to laws and other people's opinions, punishment ...
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How moral reasoning is measured?

According to this answer, there are some kind of points used for moral reasoning. Therefore, I'm interested now, how the amount of points given for reasoning? Is there some kind of ideal moral theory ...
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How is hypnosis not mind control?

OK, you might have to bare with me on this one. The concept that someone might influence another, even through suggestions, has never once sat comfortably with me. Across the internet people seem to ...
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How does people's sense of right and wrong affect their behavior?

In general, people tend to simply max out their profit. In the process to max out their profit, humans have this peculiar cognitive function, called sense of morality. We have no idea how it evolve ...
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How would a psychopath deem their actions?

I understand that a psychopath experiences diminished or non-existent empathy and remorse as well as dis-inhibition meaning that they have a certain 'meanness' and a poor impulse control. I am ...
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Why do humans feel compassion towards non-humans?

Why is it that humans feel compassion towards non-humans, such as animals? For me, the sight of an injured bird causes an emotional response, but I cannot explain what would cause it. From an ...
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Interpretation of results on the studies of "Moral Hypocrisy"

Hello right now I am dealing with the studies of C.Daniel Batson, who provided several studies and experiments to reveal moral hypocrisy. I think that I understand the basic idea of his theory, ...
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Why do many parents prevent children from being exposed to anything sex-related?

We remove children from anything that is sex related, including talks and photos. When I think about it, it seems deeply and morally wrong to not do it. When I first thought about that, I thought ...
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Moral neuroscience

There are many studies done on how the brains of psychopaths and criminals are different from the brains of normal people. e.g. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2273857/Neurologist-...
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Moral Foundations Theory and trigger word combinations

Moral foundations theory splits morality into six categories. In his book, The Righteous Mind, Haidt mentioned that looking at church sermons of southern baptist vs less conservative christian Church ...
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How do moral judgments change for older adults?

There have been numerous studies that compare the moral judgment/sensitivity of adults and children (a good example is this paper by Decety, Michalska and Kinzler, showing significant differences ...
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Does not seeing sunlight for several days impair moral judgment and lower mood?

Background: In winter, daytime is very short where I live. A few months ago, due to a bad sleeping habit, I had not seen sunlight for almost a month. Then I noticed some strange things had been ...
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Scientific term for people who value following the rules

What is the psychological term for people who believe that: they have strong rights that others should be nice that others should respect unwritten rules that others should not lie They believe in ...
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Could an ethic stating that everyone should care about himself go into justifying exploitment?

Let's assume that one man has the following belief: 1) Everyone has to take care of himself; it's not mandatory for people to be nice and good, it's mandatory to defend ourselves from others and to ...
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Can scientific evidence support concepts of the soul?

In some spiritual premises, the soul is said to belong to the Almighty. Religions (Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism) all talk about cleansing our inner being because only when it's pure, its actual ...
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Are Lawrence Kohlberg's stages of moral development supported by empirical evidence?

I've just come across a (very basic) description of Kohlberg's stages of moral development, and I found the section on the Pre-conventional level of moral reasoning rather suprising. In particular, ...
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Which political system stimulates individuals the most to strive for the greater good? [closed]

In September 2013 Germany will elect their new parliament, the Bundestag. On this occasion, the German Psychological Association (BDP) dedicated the current issue of their member's magazine report ...
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Which morals are universal across the species?

This is the first of a series of three questions about morality: There are sets of moral standards within any given society. What one society deems as acceptable may be deemed as abhorrent in ...
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Physiological differences between brains of Conservatives and Liberals

I work for a non-profit research organization and I have been assigned to do research on this topic. I have been doing my best to find studies on this topic but every website and article seems to ...
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