Never miss a story

Get subscribed to our newsletter


×
These influences on judgements happen outside of our conscious awareness. Pixabay

People more concerned about catching Covid-19 were more disapproving of the wrong-doings of others, whatever they were doing wrong, according to a study on how we make moral judgments.

The findings are evidence that our morality is shaped by various emotions and intuitions, of which concerns about health and safety are prominent. This means that our judgments of wrongdoing are not completely rational, said researchers from the University of Cambridge in the UK.


Follow NewsGram on Twitter to stay updated about the World news.

The study, published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology, did not focus on behaviors relating to the pandemic itself — such as social distancing — but considered a wide range of moral transgressions.

Between March and May 2020, over 900 study participants in the US were presented with a series of scenarios — on harm, fairness, in-group loyalty, deference to authority, and purity — and asked to rate them on a scale from ‘not at all wrong’ to ‘extremely wrong’.


This means that our judgements of wrongdoing are not completely rational, said researchers. Pixabay

Example scenarios include one of loyalty: ‘You see a man leaving his family business to go work for their main competitor’; and one of fairness: ‘You see a tenant bribing a landlord to be the first to get their apartment repainted.’

People who were more worried about catching Covid-19 judged the behaviours in these scenarios to be more wrong than those who were less worried.

“There is no rational reason to be more judgemental of others because you are worried about getting sick during the pandemic,” said Professor Simone Schnall in the University of Cambridge’s Department of Psychology, senior author of the report.

“These influences on judgements happen outside of our conscious awareness. If we feel that our wellbeing is threatened by the coronavirus, we are also likely to feel more threatened by other people’s wrong-doing — it’s an emotional link,” she added.

ALSO READ Steps To Catching Early Covid Symptoms In Children

The findings contribute to a growing body of evidence of a link between physical disgust — an emotion designed to keep us from harm — and moral condemnation.

“The link between being concerned about Covid-19 and moral condemnation is about risks to wellbeing. If you’re more conscious of health risks, you’re also more conscious of social risks of people whose behaviour could inflict harm upon you,” said Robert Henderson, a doctoral student in the University of Cambridge’s Department of Psychology. (IANS/AD)


Popular

Pixabay

7th of December 1949, the Armed Force Flag Day

Since the 7th of December 1949, the Armed Forces Flag Day has been observed in India, annually. This one day is dedicated towards collection of funds from the citizens of India for the welfare of the ‘Indian Armed Forces personnel’. It has become a tradition to pay respect to the people who have served in the army, Navy and Airforce, on this day.

“The idea behind observing a Flag Day was to distribute small flags to the general population and in return collect donations.” The color-scheme of the flag is very similar to the ones used by fellow Commonwealth members like Cyprus, Kenya and Nigeria. The Flag Day signifies that it is the responsibility of the citizens of India to take care of the families and dependents of the armed forces personnel who fight for the country.

Keep Reading Show less
Unsplash

Indians seem convinced that social media is responsible for the increased gulf between the Hindu and Muslim communities.

A large majority of Indians seem convinced that social media is responsible for the increased gulf between the Hindu and Muslim communities in the country.

This was revealed by a nationwide poll conducted by IANS-CVoter with a sample size of 1942 using random sampling on December 5, one day before the beginning of the 30th anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992.

Keep Reading Show less
Wikimedia

Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal are scheduled to reach Hotel Six Senses Fort Barwara located at Chauth Ka Barwara, by 9 p.m. on Monday.

Final preparations are in full swing at Six Senses Fort Barwara which will host the much talked about wedding of celebrity couple Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif.

According to sources, the event company working for this wedding has procured crystal balls and chandeliers from abroad to give a royal look to the wedding. These will be installed in the hotel soon.

Keep reading... Show less