Cognitive load selectively interferes with utilitarian moral judgment

  title={Cognitive load selectively interferes with utilitarian moral judgment},
  author={J. Greene and Sylvia A. Morelli and K. Lowenberg and L. Nystrom and J. Cohen},
  • J. Greene, Sylvia A. Morelli, +2 authors J. Cohen
  • Published 2008
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Cognition
  • Traditional theories of moral development emphasize the role of controlled cognition in mature moral judgment, while a more recent trend emphasizes intuitive and emotional processes. Here we test a dual-process theory synthesizing these perspectives. More specifically, our theory associates utilitarian moral judgment (approving of harmful actions that maximize good consequences) with controlled cognitive processes and associates non-utilitarian moral judgment with automatic emotional responses… CONTINUE READING
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