Moral foundations vignettes: a standardized stimulus database of scenarios based on moral foundations theory.

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Journal Article

Research on the emotional, cognitive, and social determinants of moral judgment has surged in recent years. The development of moral foundations theory (MFT) has played an important role, demonstrating the breadth of morality. Moral psychology has responded by investigating how different domains of moral judgment are shaped by a variety of psychological factors. Yet, the discipline lacks a validated set of moral violations that span the moral domain, creating a barrier to investigating influences on judgment and how their neural bases might vary across the moral domain. In this paper, we aim to fill this gap by developing and validating a large set of moral foundations vignettes (MFVs). Each vignette depicts a behavior violating a particular moral foundation and not others. The vignettes are controlled on many dimensions including syntactic structure and complexity making them suitable for neuroimaging research. We demonstrate the validity of our vignettes by examining respondents' classifications of moral violations, conducting exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, and demonstrating the correspondence between the extracted factors and existing measures of the moral foundations. We expect that the MFVs will be beneficial for a wide variety of behavioral and neuroimaging investigations of moral cognition.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Clifford, S; Iyengar, V; Cabeza, R; Sinnott-Armstrong, W

Published Date

  • December 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 47 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 1178 - 1198

PubMed ID

  • 25582811

Pubmed Central ID

  • 25582811

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1554-3528

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1554-351X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3758/s13428-014-0551-2

Language

  • eng