Just wrong? Or just WEIRD? Investigating the prevalence of moral dumbfounding in non-Western samples

McHugh, Cillian ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9701-3232, Zhang, Run, Karnatak, Tanuja, Lamba, Nishtha ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2595-5076 and Khokhlova, Olga ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7997-9949 (2021) Just wrong? Or just WEIRD? Investigating the prevalence of moral dumbfounding in non-Western samples. PsyArXiv.org. [Other] (doi:10.31234/osf.io/zxfbj)

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Abstract

Moral dumbfounding is the phenomenon that is observed when people defend a moral judgement even though they cannot provide a reason for this judgement. Dumbfounded responding may include admitting to not having reasons, or the use of unsupported declarations (e.g., “It’s just wrong”) as justification for a judgement. Published evidence for dumbfounding has drawn exclusively on samples of WEIRD backgrounds (Western, educated, industrialised, rich, and democratic), and it remains unclear whether the phenomenon is generalilsable to other populations. In three studies we apply a standardised moral dumbfounding task, and show evidence for moral dumbfounding in a Chinese sample (Study 1), an Indian sample (Study 2), and a mixed sample primarily from North Africa and the Middle East (MENA region, Study 3).

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Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 35912
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Depositing User: Nishtha Lamba
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2022 14:47
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 17:58
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/35912

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