We examine whether the use of a foreign language, as opposed to the native language, influences the relative weight intentions versus outcomes carry in moral evaluations. In Study 1, participants were presented with actions that had positive outcomes but were motivated by dubious intentions, while in Study 2 with actions that had negative outcomes but were motivated by positive intentions. Participants received the materials either in their native or a foreignlanguage. Foreign language prompted more positive moral evaluations in Study 1 and less positive evaluations in Study 2. These results show that foreignlanguage reduces the relative weight placed on intentions versus outcomes. We discuss several theoretical accounts that are consistent with the results such as that foreign language attenuates emotions (triggered by intentions) or it depletes cognitive resources.

Foreign language affects the contribution of intentions and outcomes to moral judgment / Geipel, Janet; Hadjichristidis, Konstantinos; Surian, Luca. - In: COGNITION. - ISSN 0010-0277. - 154:(2016), pp. 34-39. [10.1016/j.cognition.2016.05.010]

Foreign language affects the contribution of intentions and outcomes to moral judgment

Geipel, Janet;Hadjichristidis, Konstantinos;Surian, Luca
2016

Abstract

We examine whether the use of a foreign language, as opposed to the native language, influences the relative weight intentions versus outcomes carry in moral evaluations. In Study 1, participants were presented with actions that had positive outcomes but were motivated by dubious intentions, while in Study 2 with actions that had negative outcomes but were motivated by positive intentions. Participants received the materials either in their native or a foreignlanguage. Foreign language prompted more positive moral evaluations in Study 1 and less positive evaluations in Study 2. These results show that foreignlanguage reduces the relative weight placed on intentions versus outcomes. We discuss several theoretical accounts that are consistent with the results such as that foreign language attenuates emotions (triggered by intentions) or it depletes cognitive resources.
Geipel, Janet; Hadjichristidis, Konstantinos; Surian, Luca
Foreign language affects the contribution of intentions and outcomes to moral judgment / Geipel, Janet; Hadjichristidis, Konstantinos; Surian, Luca. - In: COGNITION. - ISSN 0010-0277. - 154:(2016), pp. 34-39. [10.1016/j.cognition.2016.05.010]
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