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Why people with an eye toward the future are more moral: The role of abstract thinking
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6134-0058
2013 (English)In: Basic and Applied Social Psychology, ISSN 0197-3533, E-ISSN 1532-4834, Vol. 35, no 4, 373-381 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Why do future-oriented people show greater moral concern than present-oriented people? Consistent with construal level theory (CLT; Trope & Liberman, 2003), we find that future-oriented people construe morally relevant actions at a higher level of abstraction, which clarifies their larger implications. Moreover, we show that level of construal partially explains the relationship between individual differences in temporal orientation and moral judgments. These findings support CLT and contribute to our understanding of moral psychology, as they are the first to show how individual differences pertaining to psychological distance relate to abstract thinking and moral judgments.

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2013. Vol. 35, no 4, 373-381 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-24696DOI: 10.1080/01973533.2013.803967ISI: 000321687100005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84880266130OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-24696DiVA: diva2:609714
Available from: 2013-03-07 Created: 2013-03-07 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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