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Structure-seeking as a psychological antecedent of beliefs about morality.

Publication ,  Journal Article
Stanley, ML; Marsh, EJ; Kay, AC
Published in: Journal of experimental psychology. General
October 2020

People differ in their beliefs about the objectivity of moral claims. We investigated a possible psychological antecedent that might be associated with people's beliefs about the objectivity of moral claims. More specifically, we examined the relationship between the endorsement of moral objectivism and one's need to see the world as structured, ordered, and predictable. By believing that the world comprises objective facts about morality, a simple, rigid, and unambiguous structure is imposed on the moral landscape that is invariant to the whims and preferences of any particular person or group. Our results suggest that those more in need of personal structure and order in their lives are indeed more likely to endorse moral objectivism. We discuss the implications of these results for psychological theories of control and structure-seeking, and for cooperation, prosociality, social orderliness, and social goal pursuit. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved).

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Journal of experimental psychology. General

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EISSN

1939-2222

ISSN

0096-3445

Publication Date

October 2020

Volume

149

Issue

10

Start / End Page

1908 / 1918

Related Subject Headings

  • Young Adult
  • Psychological Theory
  • Motivation
  • Morals
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Goals
  • Female
  • Experimental Psychology
 

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Stanley, M. L., Marsh, E. J., & Kay, A. C. (2020). Structure-seeking as a psychological antecedent of beliefs about morality. Journal of Experimental Psychology. General, 149(10), 1908–1918. https://doi.org/10.1037/xge0000752
Stanley, Matthew L., Elizabeth J. Marsh, and Aaron C. Kay. “Structure-seeking as a psychological antecedent of beliefs about morality.Journal of Experimental Psychology. General 149, no. 10 (October 2020): 1908–18. https://doi.org/10.1037/xge0000752.
Stanley ML, Marsh EJ, Kay AC. Structure-seeking as a psychological antecedent of beliefs about morality. Journal of experimental psychology General. 2020 Oct;149(10):1908–18.
Stanley, Matthew L., et al. “Structure-seeking as a psychological antecedent of beliefs about morality.Journal of Experimental Psychology. General, vol. 149, no. 10, Oct. 2020, pp. 1908–18. Epmc, doi:10.1037/xge0000752.
Stanley ML, Marsh EJ, Kay AC. Structure-seeking as a psychological antecedent of beliefs about morality. Journal of experimental psychology General. 2020 Oct;149(10):1908–1918.

Published In

Journal of experimental psychology. General

DOI

EISSN

1939-2222

ISSN

0096-3445

Publication Date

October 2020

Volume

149

Issue

10

Start / End Page

1908 / 1918

Related Subject Headings

  • Young Adult
  • Psychological Theory
  • Motivation
  • Morals
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Goals
  • Female
  • Experimental Psychology