Emotion and social motivation in university students´ real life moral dilemmas

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Studied the relationship between motivation and approaches to moral decision-making, and the emotions experienced in moral dilemmas. 44 students were interviewed about a dilemma they had faced. Intimacy was related to a preference for making decisions after having consulted others and to being open to their values and norms, whereas achievement was related to consequence-oriented reasoning and concrete construal of moral problems. When asked to relive their moral dilemma, participants scored lower than their baseline level on a mood questionnaire, females scoring lower than the males. Possible implications of emotion on cognitive processes involved in solving moral dilemmas are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDepartment of Psychology, Lund University
Number of pages19
VolumeVol 3 no 1
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Publication series

NameLund Psychological Reports
VolumeVol 3 no 1
ISSN (Print)1404-8035

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Psychology


  • emotion
  • decision making
  • motivation
  • moral dilemmas


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