Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Dr. Larry Lewandowski
Dr. Brian Martens
Arts and Science
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Other Psychology | Psychology | Social Psychology
With regard to moral judgments. Lawrence Kohlberg claimed that reason and logic lead to answers about right and wrong. By contrast, Jonathan Haidt proposed an “emotivist” theory of morality in which feelings take center stage. I tested Haidt’s theory of moral judgment by showing 59 college undergraduate participants an abortion video while instructing them to increase, decrease, or make no attempt to change their level of emotion during the video. I found that the video succeeded at both increasing negative emotions (particularly disgust) and changing abortion attitudes to a more pro-life stance. Furthermore, the moral views of participants asked to down-regulate emotions by viewing the video analytically were less affected by the video. Implications and methodological problems are discussed.
Nydick, Steven, "Moral Emotion Regulation: The Case of Abortion Attitudes" (2007). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 586.
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