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Abortion Moral Judgement: Influence of Previous Attitude, Deonthological and Utilitarian Principles

Daniel Barbieri Ronaldo Pilati About the authors


Moral judgments are part of everyday life and cognitive processes are used as a basis for formulating them. The objective of this study is to measure the covariant effect of prior attitude toward a moral issue in the relationship between cognitive overload and judgment of a moral issue. The first experiment tests the direct relationship between moral principles (i.e. deontological and utilitarian) and cognitive overload in a moral judgment task. The second experiment tests the interference of prior attitude in a moral judgment task. In both experiments the sample was composed by undergraduate students, mostly men. The results suggest that cognitive overload induces a deontological judgment and that prior attitude toward a moral object interferes significantly in the moral judgment task, regardless of the context.

Moral judgment; previous attitude; cognitive overload

Universidade de São Francisco, Programa de Pós-Graduação Stricto Sensu em Psicologia R. Waldemar César da Silveira, 105, Vl. Cura D'Ars (SWIFT), Campinas - São Paulo, CEP 13045-510, Telefone: (19)3779-3771 - Campinas - SP - Brazil