Moralizing mental states: The role of trait self-control and control perceptions

Weiss A, Forstmann M, Burgmer P (2021)
Cognition 214: 104662.

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Weiss, AlexaUniBi; Forstmann, Matthias; Burgmer, Pascal
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Which attributes of a person contribute to their tendency to moralize others' thoughts? Adopting an individual-difference approach to moral cognition, eight studies (N=2,033) investigated how people's ability for self-control shapes their moral reactions to others' mental states. Specifically, Studies 1a-2b found positive predictive effects of trait self-control (TSC) on the moralization (e.g., blaming) of another person's fantasies about different immoral behaviors. While ruling out alternative explanations, they furthermore supported the mediating role of ascribing targets control over their mental states. Studies 3a-3b provided correlational evidence of the perceived ability to control one's own mental states as a mechanism in the relationship between TSC and ascriptions of control to others. Studies 4a-4b followed a causal-chain experimental approach: A manipulation of participants' self-perceived ability to control their emotions impacted their control ascriptions to others over their immoral mental states (Study 4a), and targets perceived as high (vs. low) in control over their immoral mental states elicited stronger moralizing reactions. Taken together, the present studies elucidate why people moralize others' purely mental states, even in the absence of overt behavior. More broadly, they advance our knowledge about the role of individual differences, particularly in self-control, in moral cognition. Copyright © 2021 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Erscheinungsjahr
2021
Zeitschriftentitel
Cognition
Band
214
Art.-Nr.
104662
eISSN
1873-7838
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https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2955518

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Weiss A, Forstmann M, Burgmer P. Moralizing mental states: The role of trait self-control and control perceptions. Cognition. 2021;214: 104662.
Weiss, A., Forstmann, M., & Burgmer, P. (2021). Moralizing mental states: The role of trait self-control and control perceptions. Cognition, 214, 104662. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2021.104662
Weiss, A., Forstmann, M., and Burgmer, P. (2021). Moralizing mental states: The role of trait self-control and control perceptions. Cognition 214:104662.
Weiss, A., Forstmann, M., & Burgmer, P., 2021. Moralizing mental states: The role of trait self-control and control perceptions. Cognition, 214: 104662.
A. Weiss, M. Forstmann, and P. Burgmer, “Moralizing mental states: The role of trait self-control and control perceptions”, Cognition, vol. 214, 2021, : 104662.
Weiss, A., Forstmann, M., Burgmer, P.: Moralizing mental states: The role of trait self-control and control perceptions. Cognition. 214, : 104662 (2021).
Weiss, Alexa, Forstmann, Matthias, and Burgmer, Pascal. “Moralizing mental states: The role of trait self-control and control perceptions”. Cognition 214 (2021): 104662.

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