Individual differences in moral behaviour: a role for response to risk and uncertainty?

Palmer, Colin J., Paton, Bryan, Ngo, Trung T., Thomson, Richard H., Hohwy, Jakob and Miller, Steven M. (2013) Individual differences in moral behaviour: a role for response to risk and uncertainty?. Neuroethics, 6 1: 97-103. doi:10.1007/s12152-012-9158-4

Author Palmer, Colin J.
Paton, Bryan
Ngo, Trung T.
Thomson, Richard H.
Hohwy, Jakob
Miller, Steven M.
Title Individual differences in moral behaviour: a role for response to risk and uncertainty?
Journal name Neuroethics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1874-5490
Publication date 2013-04
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s12152-012-9158-4
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 6
Issue 1
Start page 97
End page 103
Total pages 7
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Language eng
Abstract Investigation of neural and cognitive processes underlying individual variation in moral preferences is underway, with notable similarities emerging between moral- and risk-based decision-making. Here we specifically assessed moral distributive justice preferences and non-moral financial gambling preferences in the same individuals, and report an association between these seemingly disparate forms of decision-making. Moreover, we find this association between distributive justice and risky decision-making exists primarily when the latter is assessed with the Iowa Gambling Task. These findings are consistent with neuroimaging studies of brain function during moral and risky decision-making. This research also constitutes the first replication of a novel experimental measure of distributive justice decision-making, for which individual variation in performance was found. Further examination of decision-making processes across different contexts may lead to an improved understanding of the factors affecting moral behaviour.
Keyword Decision making
Distributive justice
Individual differences
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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