The sadistic trait predicts minimization of intention and causal responsibility in moral judgment.

@article{Trmolire2016TheST,
  title={The sadistic trait predicts minimization of intention and causal responsibility in moral judgment.},
  author={Bastien Tr{\'e}moli{\`e}re and Hakim Djeriouat},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2016},
  volume={146},
  pages={158-71}
}
The present research tests the hypothesis that specific socially aversive traits-subclinical sadism in particular-are associated with an impaired judgment of moral wrongness, guilt, and punishment in various moral scenarios manipulating intent, cause and consequence of harm. In three online studies (total N=1069), participants completed a battery of tests scaled to assess sadism and the Dark Triad constructs, then faced different situations involving moral issues (attempted harm, intentional… CONTINUE READING
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