Brown, Psychology

Weighing Moral Actions: How learning and responsibility shape moral trade-offs

How do humans make choices when there are competing pressures of fairness, harm, self-interest, and concern for others? While most of us are motivated to uphold social norms such as fairness and equity, we also seek to maximize our own self-benefit. I will describe a set of studies that explore these moral trade-offs, focusing on 1) characterizing how individuals learn to value certain moral behaviors over others, and 2) identifying how different contexts can shift perceptions of moral responsibility.