Emotion and Reason in Moral Dilemmas

"Dual processes of emotion and reason in judgments about moral dilemmas"

Last week at our journal discussion group, I presented an article by Gubbins and Byrne (2014) about the roles of emotion and reason in moral dilemmas. The aim of this study was to see if people provide emotions or reasons as persuasive justifications for their decisions when provided with moral dilemmas.

They argue that personal dilemmas will evoke emotional appeals, while impersonal dilemmas are more likely to evoke rational appeals in justifications. Read more about Emotion and Reason in Moral Dilemmas

Moral Dilemma

In the MMPL meeting on Friday, part of the discussion turned on whether we want to/should be studying “real life” versus “contrived” moral scenarios, and what each type of approach can tell us about moral psychology, moral judgment, moral justification, and whatnot.

My opinion on this issue is still in the process of being formed, and I think it goes something along the lines of “it depends”. Which, while probably annoying, is also potentially a good starting point for a blog post! Read more about Moral Dilemma

War on obesity

The ironic effects of weight stigma

This week in the moral psychology journal group, we discussed a recent article (Major et al, 2014) about the war on obesity. Read more about War on obesity