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Fear Deciding Fate: How Fear Influences Moral Decision-Making

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dc.contributor.advisor McNamara, Rita Strojny, Sophia 2020-05-08T01:45:03Z 2020-05-08T01:45:03Z 2020 2020
dc.description.abstract Moral dilemmas require individuals to make a life-altering choice. Due to the severity of the choice, we argue that there is a degree of fear in moral decision-making. We aimed to see how prevailing fears in each individual predicts moral decision-making habits. We looked into the emotional and physical divisions of fear to deem which dimension of fear is more dominant in each participant. Then analysed these results against reported deontological or utilitarian moral inclinations to see if higher reports of fear impact moral decision-making. Additionally, we included two secondary variables that are most prevalent in fear research (gender and thinking styles) as well as the impact of burden on moral choice. We found that our research was supported; fear tendencies are linked to individual behaviours and burden of moral decisions was influenced by what we fear and affected moral choices. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject fear
dc.subject morality
dc.subject decision-making
dc.subject gender
dc.subject thinking styles
dc.subject deontological
dc.subject utilitarian
dc.subject emotional fear
dc.subject physical fear
dc.title Fear Deciding Fate: How Fear Influences Moral Decision-Making en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Psychology en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ Crosscultural Psychology en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Masters en_NZ Master of Science en_NZ
dc.rights.license Author Retains Copyright en_NZ 2020-05-01T18:46:20Z
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 170113 Social and Community Psychology en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 1 PURE BASIC RESEARCH en_NZ

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