Emotions and Moral Judgment: A Multimodal Analysis

  • Evgeniya Hristova
  • Veselina Kadreva
  • Maurice Grinberg
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 26)


Recent findings in the field of moral psychology suggest that moral judgment results both from emotional processing and deliberate reasoning. The experimental study uses artificial situations that pose moral dilemmas – a human life have to be sacrificed in order to save more lives. Two factors (physical directness of harm and inevitability of death) are varied in order to explore potential differences in emotional processing and their effects on judgment. Multimodal data is collected and analyzed: moral judgments, skin conductance (as a somatic index of affective processing), and response times (as providing information on deliberation process). Personal-impersonal distinction and inevitability of death are found to influence emotions and judgments in moral dilemmas.


moral dilemmas moral judgments emotional engagement skinconductance response 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Evgeniya Hristova
    • 1
  • Veselina Kadreva
    • 1
  • Maurice Grinberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cognitive Science and PsychologyNew Bulgarian UniversitySofiaBulgaria

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