Can we afford to care? The effect of financial resource security on moral expansiveness

Watson, Thomas (2012). Can we afford to care? The effect of financial resource security on moral expansiveness Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Watson, Thomas
Thesis Title Can we afford to care? The effect of financial resource security on moral expansiveness
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2012-10-10
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Brock Bastian
Total pages 76
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary This research aims to investigate the effect of financial security reminders on individuals’ moral expansiveness. Studies have also shown that moral expansiveness, or the number of entities towards which we feel moral concern, can be influenced by a number of subtle cognitive manipulations. However, no studies have yet investigated the influence of perceived financial security on moral expansiveness. In the present study, psychology students from the University of Queensland (N=59) were primed with ideas of financial resource security or insecurity, or with neutral concepts. The dependent measures were moral expansiveness (as measured by a ‘moral circle’ task) and levels of speciesism. Results indicated no experimental effect of priming on responses to the ‘moral circle’ task. However, both reminders of financial security and insecurity were found to result in decreased levels of speciesism compared to neutral primes. This effect was only evident among participants who reported an economically leftwing political orientation, and was not observed among those who reported an economically right‐wing political orientation. Further research is recommended to fully understand the relationship between financial resource security and moral concern towards others.
Keyword Financial resource security
Moral expansiveness

 
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