When closing the human-animal divide expands moral concern: the importance of framing

Bastian, Brock, Costello, Kimberly, Loughnan, Steve and Hodson, Gordon (2012) When closing the human-animal divide expands moral concern: the importance of framing. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3 4: 421-429. doi:10.1177/1948550611425106

Author Bastian, Brock
Costello, Kimberly
Loughnan, Steve
Hodson, Gordon
Title When closing the human-animal divide expands moral concern: the importance of framing
Journal name Social Psychological and Personality Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1948-5506
Publication date 2012-07
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1948550611425106
Volume 3
Issue 4
Start page 421
End page 429
Total pages 9
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Humans and animals share many similarities. Across three studies, the authors demonstrate that the framing of these similarities has significant consequences for people's moral concern for others. Comparing animals to humans expands moral concern and reduces speciesism; however, comparing humans to animals does not appear to produce these same effects. The authors find these differences when focusing on natural tendencies to frame human-animal similarities (Study 1) and following experimental induction of framings (Studies 2 and 3). In Study 3, the authors extend their focus from other animals to marginalized human outgroups, demonstrating that human-animal similarity framing also has consequences for the extension of moral concern to other humans. The authors explain these findings by reference to previous work examining the effects of framing on judgments of similarity and self-other comparisons and discuss them in relation to the promotion of animal welfare and the expansion of moral concern.
Keyword Dehumanization
Human-animal similarity
Mind attribution
Moral concern
Similarity comparison
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print: 1 November 2011.

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