Morality in everyday life

  title={Morality in everyday life},
  author={Wilhelm Hofmann and Daniel C. Wisneski and Mark John Brandt and Linda J. Skitka},
  pages={1340 - 1343}
Moral homeostasis in real life vs. the lab Individuals who witnessed a moral deed are more likely than nonwitnesses to perform a moral deed themselves and are also more likely to allow themselves to act immorally. Hofmann et al. asked smartphone users to report their encounters with morality (see the Perspective by Graham). Most moral judgment experiments are lab-based and don't allow for conclusions based on what people experience in their daily lives. This field experiment revealed that… 

Morality beyond the lab

Move morality science out of the lab and to the street, office, kitchen, bar, or wherever people happen to be when their cell phone rings, on page 1340 of this issue.

Moral Memories and the Belief in the Good Self

Most people believe they are morally good, and this belief plays an integral role in constructions of personal identity. Yet people commit moral transgressions with surprising frequency in everyday

Remembering moral and immoral actions in constructing the self

It is suggested that recollecting and reflecting on moral and immoral actions from the personal past jointly help to construct a morally good view of the current self in complementary ways.

Nudging the better angels of our nature: A field experiment on morality and well-being.

It is suggested that moral behavior, moral thoughts, and self-benefiting behavior are all effective means of boosting well-being, but only moral deeds and, perhaps surprisingly, also moral thoughts strengthen the moral self-concept and empathy.

Moral Punishment in Everyday Life

The present research investigated event-related, contextual, demographic, and dispositional predictors of the desire to punish perpetrators of immoral deeds in daily life, as well as connections

Deontology and Utilitarianism in Real Life: A Set of Moral Dilemmas Based on Historic Events.

Moral dilemmas are frequently used to examine psychological processes that drive decisions between adhering to deontological norms and optimizing the outcome. However, commonly used dilemmas are

The Importance of Context in Moral Judgments

  • Chelsea Schein
  • Psychology
    Perspectives on psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science
  • 2020
It is argued why contextualizing morality matters: not only do contextualized questions better reflect the nuances of reality but also contextualized judgments might be key for improving predictions of moral behavior and understanding moral change.

Moral Self-Regulation, Moral Identity, and Religiosity

  • S. WardL. King
  • Psychology
    Journal of personality and social psychology
  • 2018
It is proposed that religiosity variables are likely to contribute to moral behavior in the context of moral self-regulation in the form of increased prosocial task completion and decreased cheating on a word-solving task.

The Moral Psychology of Raceless, Genderless Strangers

  • Neil HesterKurt Gray
  • Psychology
    Perspectives on psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science
  • 2020
An expanded person-centered morality is advocated—synthesizing moral psychology with social cognition—to better capture everyday moral judgments.

ASSESSING EVERYDAY MORAL BEHAVIORS 1 Eavesdropping on Character : Assessing Everyday Moral Behaviors

Despite decades of interest in moral character, comparatively little is known about moral behavior in everyday life. This paper reports a novel method for assessing everyday moral behaviors using the



Affect, culture, and morality, or is it wrong to eat your dog?

For Brazilian and U.S. adults and children of high and low socioeconomic status, moral judgments were better predicted by affective reactions than by appraisals of harmfulness and suggestions are made for building cross-culturally valid models of moral judgment.

When Morality Opposes Justice: Conservatives Have Moral Intuitions that Liberals may not Recognize

Researchers in moral psychology and social justice have agreed that morality is about matters of harm, rights, and justice. On this definition of morality, conservative opposition to social justice

Liberals and conservatives rely on different sets of moral foundations.

Across 4 studies using multiple methods, liberals consistently showed greater endorsement and use of the Harm/care and Fairness/reciprocity foundations compared to the other 3 foundations, whereas conservatives endorsed and used the 5 foundations more equally.

The emotional dog and its rational tail: a social intuitionist approach to moral judgment.

  • J. Haidt
  • Psychology
    Psychological review
  • 2001
The author gives 4 reasons for considering the hypothesis that moral reasoning does not cause moral judgment; rather, moral reasoning is usually a post hoc construction, generated after a judgment has been reached.

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

In "The Righteous Mind", psychologist Jonathan Haidt answers some of the most compelling questions about human relationships: Why can it sometimes feel as though half the population is living in a

The New Synthesis in Moral Psychology

  • J. Haidt
  • Philosophy, Psychology
  • 2007
A fourth principle is proposed to guide future research: Morality is about more than harm and fairness, and more research is needed on the collective and religious parts of the moral domain, such as loyalty, authority, and spiritual purity.

An fMRI Investigation of Emotional Engagement in Moral Judgment

It is argued that moral dilemmas vary systematically in the extent to which they engage emotional processing and that these variations in emotional engagement influence moral judgment.

Mapping the moral domain.

The Moral Foundations Questionnaire is developed on the basis of a theoretical model of 5 universally available (but variably developed) sets of moral intuitions and convergent/discriminant validity evidence suggests that moral concerns predict personality features and social group attitudes not previously considered morally relevant.

Surveying the Moral Landscape

  • R. Janoff-BulmanN. Carnes
  • Psychology
    Personality and social psychology review : an official journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc
  • 2013
This model challenges the conclusions of Haidt and colleagues that only conservatives (not liberals) are group oriented and embrace a binding morality and explores the implications of this new model for politics in particular and for the self-regulation versus social regulation of morality more generally.

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion Jonathan Haidt Pantheon Books, 2012One has likely heard that, for the sake of decorum, religion and politics should never be