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Judging those closest from afar: The effect of psychological distance and abstraction on value-judgment correspondence in responses to ingroup moral transgressions

Kahn, Dennis LU and Björklund, Fredrik LU (2017) In Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology
Abstract
The purpose of the present research was to examine the effect of psychological distance and abstraction on judgment of ingroup moral transgressions. Based on Construal Level Theory (Trope & Liberman, 2010), we hypothesized that psychological distance and high level construal increases the degree to which moral value preference determines judgment (value-judgment correspondence) in response to ingroup moral transgressions. This hypothesis was supported in two studies. In study 1, carried out among Jewish-Israeli university students (N = 100), tendency for abstract construal was associated with higher value-judgment correspondence in responses to torture of a suspected terrorist. In study 2, carried out in a sample of Jewish Israelis (N... (More)
The purpose of the present research was to examine the effect of psychological distance and abstraction on judgment of ingroup moral transgressions. Based on Construal Level Theory (Trope & Liberman, 2010), we hypothesized that psychological distance and high level construal increases the degree to which moral value preference determines judgment (value-judgment correspondence) in response to ingroup moral transgressions. This hypothesis was supported in two studies. In study 1, carried out among Jewish-Israeli university students (N = 100), tendency for abstract construal was associated with higher value-judgment correspondence in responses to torture of a suspected terrorist. In study 2, carried out in a sample of Jewish Israelis (N = 125), describing an airstrike with a high number of civilian casualties at a greater psychological distance (as hypothetical) lead to greater value-judgment correspondence than when the scenario was described as a non-hypothetical event. We discuss the relevance of the result to construal level theory, moral psychology and conflict resolution. (Less)
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ingroup moral transgression, Construal Level Theory, intergroup conflict, psychological distance, abstraction
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  author       = {Kahn, Dennis and Björklund, Fredrik},
  keyword      = {ingroup moral transgression,Construal Level Theory,intergroup conflict,psychological distance,abstraction},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {01},
  series       = {Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology},
  title        = {Judging those closest from afar: The effect of psychological distance and abstraction on value-judgment correspondence in responses to ingroup moral transgressions},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pac0000248},
  year         = {2017},
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