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Your Morals Depend on Language
Costa, Albert (Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats)
Foucart, Alice (Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Center of Brain and Cognition)
Hayakawa, Sayuri (University of Chicago. Department of Psychology, Department of Psychology)
Aparici Aznar, Melina (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Psicologia Bàsica, Evolutiva i de l'Educació)
Apesteguia, Jose (Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament d'Economia)
Heafner, Joy (University of Connecticut. Department of Human Development and Family Studies)
Keysar, Boaz (University of Chicago. Department of Psychology)

Data: 2014
Resum: Should you sacrifice one man to save five? Whatever your answer, it should not depend on whether you were asked the question in your native language or a foreign tongue so long as you understood the problem. And yet here we report evidence that people using a foreign language make substantially more utilitarian decisions when faced with such moral dilemmas. We argue that this stems from the reduced emotional response elicited by the foreign language, consequently reducing the impact of intuitive emotional concerns. In general, we suggest that the increased psychological distance of using a foreign language induces utilitarianism. This shows that moral judgments can be heavily affected by an orthogonal property to moral principles, and importantly, one that is relevant to hundreds of millions of individuals on a daily basis.
Ajuts: Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca 2009-SGR-1521
Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad PSI2011-23033
Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad CSD2007-00048
Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad ECO2011-25295
Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad ECO2010-09555-E
Nota: Altres ajuts: This research was partially supported by grants from the 7th Framework Programme (AThEME 613465), the University of Chicago's Wisdom Research Project and the John Templeton Foundation, a National Science Foundation grant BCS-0849034, and *Language Learning*'s Small Grants Research Program. Alice Foucart was supported by a post-doctoral fellowship from the Catalan Government (Beatriu de Pinos). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
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Llengua: Anglès
Document: Article ; recerca ; Versió publicada
Publicat a: PloS one, Vol. 9 (april 2014) , ISSN 1932-6203

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0094842
PMID: 24760073


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