This volume presents a variety of perspectives from within and outside moral psychology. Recently there has been an explosion of research in moral psychology, but it is one of the subfields most in need of bridge-building, both within and across areas. Interests in moral phenomena have spawned several separate lines of research that appear to address similar concerns from a variety of perspectives. The contributions to this volume examine key theoretical and empirical issues these perspectives share that connect these issues with the broader base of theory and research in social and cognitive psychology.
The first two chapters discuss the role of mental representation in moral judgment and reasoning. Sloman, Fernbach, and Ewing argue that causal models are the canonical representational medium underlying moral reasoning, and Mikhail offers an account that makes use of linguistic structures and implicates legal concepts. Bilz and Nadler follow with a discussion of the ways in which laws, which are typically construed in terms of affecting behavior, exert an influence on moral attitudes, cognition, and emotions.
Baron and Ritov follow with a discussion of how people's moral cognition is often driven by law-like rules that forbid actions and suggest that value-driven judgment is relatively less concerned by the consequences of those actions than some normative standards would prescribe. Iliev et al. argue that moral cognition makes use of both rules and consequences, and review a number of laboratory studies that suggest that values influence what captures our attention, and that attention is a powerful determinant of judgment and preference. Ginges follows with a discussion of how these value-related processes influence cognition and behavior outside the laboratory, in high-stakes, real-world conflicts.
Two subsequent chapters discuss further building bloc
Causal Models: The Representational Infrastructure for Moral Judgment
Steven A. Sloman, Philip M. Fernbach, and Scott Ewing
Moral Grammar and Intuitive Jurisprudence: A Formal Model of Unconscious Moral and Legal Knowledge
Law, Psychology, and Morality
Kenworthey Bilz and Janice Nadler
Protected Values and Omission Bias as Deontological Judgments
Jonathan Baron and Ilana Ritov
Attending to Moral Values
Rumen Iliev, Sonya Sachdeva, Daniel M. Bartels, Craig Joseph, Satoru Suzuki, and Douglas L. Medin
Noninstrumental Reasoning over Sacred Values: An Indonesian Case Study
Jeremy Ginges and Scott Atran
Development and Dual Processes in Moral Reasoning: A Fuzzy-trace Theory Approach
Valerie F. Reyna and Wanda Casillas
Moral Identity, Moral Functioning, and the Development of Moral Character
Darcia Narvaez and Daniel K. Lapsley
"Fools Rush In": A JDM Perspective on the Role of Emotions in Decisions, Moral and Otherwise
Motivated Moral Reasoning
Peter H. Ditto, David A. Pizarro, and David Tannenbaum
In the Mind of the Perceiver: Psychological Implications of Moral Conviction
Christopher W. Bauman and Linda J. Skitka