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    The effect of probability anchors in moral decision making

    Brand, C. and Oaksford, Michael (2015) The effect of probability anchors in moral decision making. In: Noelle, D.C. and Dale, R. and Warlaumont, A.S. and Yoshimi, J. and Matlock, T. and Jennings, C.D. and Maglio, P.P. (eds.) Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. New York, U.S.: Cognitive Science Society, Inc., pp. 268-272. ISBN 9780991196722.

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    Abstract

    The role of probabilistic reasoning in moral decision making has seen relatively little research, despite having potentially profound consequences for our models of moral cognition. To rectify this, two experiments were undertaken in which participants were presented with moral dilemmas with additional information designed to anchor judgements about how likely the dilemma’s outcomes were. It was found that these anchoring values significantly altered how permissible the dilemmas were found when they were presented both explicitly and implicitly. This was the case even for dilemmas typically seen as eliciting deontological judgements. Implications of this finding for cognitive models of moral decision making are discussed.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Pasadena, California, July 22 - 25, 2015
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2016 14:06
    Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 14:06
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/16149

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