Affect and the moral-conventional distinction

R. J.R. Blair

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The effect of inducing negative, positive or neutral affect on the recall of moral and conventional transgressions and positive moral and conventional acts was examined. It was found that inducing negative affect was associated with higher recall of moral transgressions while inducing positive affect was associated with higher recall of positive moral acts. Affect induction condition did not have a significant effect on the recall of the conventional transgressions or positive acts. The results are interpreted within the Violence Inhibition Mechanism model of moral development (Blair, 1995) and by reference to a new, hypothesised system, the Smiling Reward Response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-196
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Moral Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1997
Externally publishedYes

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  • Religious studies


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