Journal article

Moral judgements of fairness-related actions are flexibly updated to account for contextual information

Milan Andrejevic, Daniel Feuerriegel, William Turner, Simon Laham, Stefan Bode

Scientific Reports | NATURE RESEARCH | Published : 2020


In everyday life we are constantly updating our moral judgements as we learn new information. However, this judgement updating process has not been systematically studied. We investigated how people update their moral judgements of fairness-related actions of others after receiving contextual information regarding the deservingness of the action recipient. Participants (N = 313) observed a virtual 'Decision-maker' share a portion of $10 with a virtual 'Receiver'. Participants were aware that the Decision-maker made these choices knowing the Receiver's previous offer to another person. Participants first made a context-absent judgement of the Decision-maker's offer to the Receiver, and th..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by an Australian Research Council grant (ARC DP160103353) to S.B.