The Effects and Implications of Mood on Moral Judgements

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Ian T. Jones
Christopher C. O'Lansen
Megan Baker
Emery Thackerson
Samantha Horvath
Katie Maupin
Hailey McDaniel-Johnson
James W. Grice


Vladimir A. Lefebvre [1, 2] proposed an algebraic model of self-reflection that predicts individuals will judge ambiguous stimuli positively with a proportional frequency of .618. While a number of studies have empirically supported this prediction [3, 4], Anderson and colleagues [5] found only partial support for Lefebvre’s model. They moreover suggested that Schwartz and Garmoni’s States of Mind (SOM; [7]) model could potentially explain the disparate findings as well as the variability of positive judgements seen across individuals. Consequently, this study explored whether ratios of psychological functioning posited by the SOM model correspond with proportions of positive judgements of ambiguous stimuli (viz., pairs of pinto beans). Results revealed that, while Lefebvre’s predicted proportion of positive judgments was again replicated, individuals with relatively high positive affect were not more likely to rate greater proportions of the ambiguous stimuli positively.

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Ian T. Jones, Christopher C. O’Lansen, Megan Baker, Emery Thackerson, Samantha Horvath, Katie Maupin, Hailey McDaniel-Johnson, & James W. Grice. (2020). The Effects and Implications of Mood on Moral Judgements. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 7(10), 1–12.


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