Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Are the trolley problems all relative?: Influences of kinship on moral dilemma
by Altman, Meaghan N., Ph.D., Purdue University, 2011, 100; 3475282
Abstract (Summary)

Moral dilemmas are typically employed by psychologists investigating moral psychology or moral problem solving. To date these investigations have provided several insights into the nature of moral psychology. These investigations, however, exclude kinship as a variable of interest. Evolutionary psychologists suggest that one of the primary mediating variables in human social behavior is genetic relationship. Three experiments were designed to specifically test the hypothesis that kinship is a mediating variable in moral decision making. Experiment 1 tests a design used in Experiment 2. Experiment 2 used four common dilemmas from the morality literature. Most, but not all dilemmas in Experiment 2 supported the argument that kinship influences responses on moral dilemmas. Experiment 3 employed another dilemma commonly used in the literature known as the crying baby. Some current classification flaws with moral dilemmas will be discussed in light of these results.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Capaldi, E. John
Commitee: Emmerton, Jacqueline A., Kemmerer, David, Nairne, James S.
School: Purdue University
Department: Psychological Sciences
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-B 73/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Social psychology
Keywords: Evolution, Inclusive fitness, Moral dilemmas, Siblings, Trolley problems
Publication Number: 3475282
ISBN: 9781124934174
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