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Moral emotions and the envisaging of mitigating circumstances for wrongdoing.

Piazza, J, Russell, PS and Sousa, P (2013) Moral emotions and the envisaging of mitigating circumstances for wrongdoing. Cognition and Emotion, 27. pp. 707-722.

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Abstract

Anger may be more responsive than disgust to mitigating circumstances in judgements of wrongdoing. We tested this hypothesis in two studies where we had participants envision circumstances that could serve to mitigate an otherwise wrongful act. In Study 1, participants provided moral judgements, and ratings of anger and disgust, to a number of transgressions involving either harm or bodily purity. They were then asked to imagine and report whether there might be any circumstances that would make it all right to perform the act. Across transgression type, and controlling for covariance between anger and disgust, levels of anger were found to negatively predict the envisioning of mitigating circumstances for wrongdoing, while disgust was unrelated. Study 2 replicated and extended these findings to less serious transgressions, using a continuous measure of mitigating circumstances, and demonstrated the impact of anger independent of deontological commitments. These findings highlight the differential relationship that anger and disgust have with the ability to envision mitigating factors.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Piazza, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Russell, PSUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sousa, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2013
Additional Information : This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Cognition and Emotion, 27 (4) copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02699931.2012.736859
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 23 Sep 2014 10:44
Last Modified : 23 Sep 2014 13:33
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/805952

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