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The effect of hunger and satiety in the judgment of ethical violations


Vicario, CM and Kuran, KA and Rogers, R and Rafal, RD, The effect of hunger and satiety in the judgment of ethical violations, Brain and Cognition, 125 pp. 32-36. ISSN 0278-2626 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.bandc.2018.05.003


Human history is studded with instances where instinctive motivations take precedence over ethical choices. Nevertheless, the evidence of any linking between motivational states and morality has never been systematically explored. Here we addressed this topic by testing a possible linking between appetite and moral judgment. We compared moral disapproval ratings (MDR) for stories of ethical violations in participants under fasting and after having eaten a snack. Our results show that subjective hunger, measured via self-reported rating, reduces MDR for ethical violations. Moreover, the higher the disgust sensitivity the higher the MDR for ethical violations. This study adds new insights to research on physiological processes influencing morality by showing that appetite affects moral disapproval of ethical violations.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:morality, appetite, fasting, snack, disgust sensitivity, moral disapproval, ethical violation
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Neurosciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Vicario, CM (Dr Carmelo Vicario)
ID Code:128258
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2018-09-12
Last Modified:2018-12-13

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