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Thinking more or feeling less? Explaining the foreign-language effect on moral judgment

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dc.contributor.author Hayakawa, Sayuri
dc.contributor.author Tannenbaum, David
dc.contributor.author Costa, Albert, 1970-
dc.contributor.author Corey, Joanna Darrow, 1986-
dc.contributor.author Keysar, Boaz
dc.date.accessioned 2018-07-26T08:32:47Z
dc.date.available 2018-07-26T08:32:47Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Hayakawa S, Tannenbaum D, Costa A, Corey JD, Keysar B. Thinking more or feeling less? Explaining the foreign-language effect on moral judgment. Psychol Sci. 2017;28(10): 1387-97. DOI: 10.1177/0956797617720944
dc.identifier.issn 0956-7976
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/35286
dc.description.abstract Would you kill one person to save five? People are more willing to accept such utilitarian action when using a foreign language than when using their native language. In six experiments, we investigated why foreign-language use affects moral choice in this way. On the one hand, the difficulty of using a foreign language might slow people down and increase deliberation, amplifying utilitarian considerations of maximizing welfare. On the other hand, use of a foreign language might stunt emotional processing, attenuating considerations of deontological rules, such as the prohibition against killing. Using a process-dissociation technique, we found that foreign-language use decreases deontological responding but does not increase utilitarian responding. This suggests that using a foreign language affects moral choice not through increased deliberation but by blunting emotional reactions associated with the violation of deontological rules.
dc.description.sponsorship This project was supported by grants from the John Templeton Foundation (37775), the National Science Foundation (1520074), the Spanish Government (PSI2011-23033, Consolider Ingenio 2010 CSD2007-00048), the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (PSI2014-52181-P), the Catalan Government (SGR 2009-1521), and the European Research Council under the European Community’s Seventh Framework (FP7/2007-2013 Cooperation Grant Agreement 613465-AThEME). J. D. Corey was supported by a grant from the Catalan Government (FI-DGR). S. Hayakawa was supported by a Harper Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Chicago.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher SAGE Publications
dc.relation.ispartof Psychological Science. 2017;28(10): 1387-97.
dc.rights The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Psychological Science, 28/10, October/2017 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © The Author(s) 2017
dc.title Thinking more or feeling less? Explaining the foreign-language effect on moral judgment
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0956797617720944
dc.subject.keyword Moral judgment
dc.subject.keyword Foreign language
dc.subject.keyword Process dissociation
dc.subject.keyword Dual process
dc.subject.keyword Open data
dc.subject.keyword Open materials
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/613465
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/3PN/PSI2011-23033
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/1PE/PSI2014-52181-P
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
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