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Do abstraction and power increase moral hypocrisy?
creator
Abe, Yuya
Kiyosue, Yuki
Yuki, Chihiro
Komizo, Miko
Tajima, Koji
Nakamura, Mayu
subject
moral hypocrisy
construal level
a sense of power
NDC
Psychology
abstract
Lammers (2012) reported that participants taking an abstract (vs. concrete) view tended to judge the immoral behavior of others more severely than the same behavior performed by themselves (i.e., moral hypocrisy). In the current study, we examined the effects of construal level (i.e., abstract vs. concrete mindset) on moral judgments in a sample of Japanese university students. In addition, we examined the effect of the individuals’ sense of power, which was previously found to influence moral hypocrisy (Lammers et al., 2010); people in powerful roles were found to be more strict in moral judgments of others’ behavior than their own behavior. However, in Experiment 1, we did not observe moral hypocrisy. Instead, regardless of the actors in scenarios, we found that participants in the abstract condition (vs. concrete condition) judged immoral behavior less severely. Moreover, participants with a greater sense of power were more likely to judge immoral behavior severely. The discrepancy between the current findings and those of previous studies might be related to the scenario used in the current study (stealing a bike in a public bicycle parking area). Participants may have been influenced by the concern of being watched by a third party. We conducted Experiment 2 to investigate the effects of the presence of a third party, but found no significant effects. The results are discussed in terms of the construal level manipulations and immoral behavior in the experimental scenarios.
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本論文は,2017年度に広島大学教育学部で開講された心理学課題演習において,第1著者の指導により第2著者から第7著者までが実施した研究をもとに執筆したものである。研究の一部は第2著者から第7著者により中国四国心理学会第73回大会学部生研究発表会において報告された。
journal title
Hiroshima Psychological Research
issue
Issue 17
start page
61
end page
68
date of issued
2018-03-31
publisher
広島大学大学院教育学研究科心理学講座
issn
1347-1619
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language
jpn
nii type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
HU type
Departmental Bulletin Papers
DCMI type
text
format
application/pdf
text version
publisher
department
Graduate School of Education
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