Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Everyday Morality

BACKGROUND: most studies of morality have looked at artificial laboratory settings.

QUESTION: how is everyday morality expressed outside of a research lab?

METHODS: 1252 people were evaluated, looking for episodes of moral and immoral acts in their life

RESULTS: Liberals and conservatives had slightly different moral dimensions, but religious versus nonreligious people did not differ in their moral dimensions. Receiving moral or immoral deeds had a strongest impact on happiness, whereas committing moral or immoral deeds a strong impact on sense of purpose.

Science. 2014 Sep 12;345(6202):1340-3