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A Theory of Blame
We introduce a theory of blame in five parts. Part 1 addresses what blame is: a unique moral judgment that is both cognitive and social, regulates social behavior, fundamentally relies on socialExpand
Can Unintended Side Effects Be Intentional? Resolving a Controversy Over Intentionality and Morality
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These studies suggest that intentionality judgments are unaffected by a behavior’s blameworthiness, and show that people distinguish between “knowingly” and “intentionally” bringing about a side effect, even for immoral actions. Expand
Perceiving others' personalities: examining the dimensionality, assumed similarity to the self, and stability of perceiver effects.
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Findings indicated that perceiver effects were better described by a differentiated, multidimensional structure with both trait-specific content and a higher order global evaluation factor. Expand
At the Heart of Morality Lies Folk Psychology
Abstract Moral judgments about an agent's behavior are enmeshed with inferences about the agent's mind. Folk psychology—the system that enables such inferences—therefore lies at the heart of moralExpand
Enough skill to kill: Intentionality judgments and the moral valence of action
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The present five studies speak against the hypothesis of a moral evaluation bias in intentionality judgments and instead document people's sensitivity to subtle features of human action. Expand
Asymmetric morality: Blame is more differentiated and more extreme than praise
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Together, the findings reflect the social costs and social regulatory function of moral judgments, suggesting that blame and praise are not mirror images and that blame might be more complex. Expand
Moral, Cognitive and Social: The Nature of Blame
Blame is a moral judgment that has a cognitive and a social nature. We first focus on the cognitive side and introduce a theoretical model of blame that integrates insights and evidence from extantExpand
Moral judgment as information processing: an integrative review
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This review organizes existing moral judgment models within an overarching framework of information processing and critically evaluates them on empirical and theoretical grounds, outlines a general integrative model grounded in information processing, and concludes with conceptual and methodological suggestions for future research. Expand
Information-Acquisition Processes in Moral Judgments of Blame
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Findings indicate that blame relies on a set of information components that are processed in a systematic order and implications for moral judgment models are discussed, as are potential roles of emotion and motivated reasoning in information acquisition. Expand
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