Physiological correlates of moral decision-making in the professional domain

Michela Balconi, Giulia Fronda

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Abstract

Moral decision-making is central to guide our social behavior, and it is based on emotional and cognitive reasoning processes. In the present research, we investigated the moral decision-making in a company context by the recording of autonomic responses (skin conductance response, heart rate frequency, and variability), in three different moral conditions (professional fit, company fit, social fit) and three different offers (fair, unfair, neutral). In particular, the first professional fit condition required participants to accept or reject some offers proposing the money subdivision for a work done together with a colleague. The second company fit condition required participants to evaluate offers regarding the investment of a part of the money in the introduction of some company’s benefits. Finally, the third social fit condition required participants to accept or refuse a money subdivision to support a colleague’s relative with health problems financially. Results underlined the significant effect of both the condition, with increased autonomic effects more for personal and social than company fit, and the offer type, with differences for fair and neutral offers compared to unfair ones. This research shows how individual, situational, and contextual factors influence moral decision-making in a company context
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalBrain Sciences
Volume9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • company
  • fairness
  • heart rate (HR)
  • heart rate variability (HRV)
  • moral decision-making
  • skin conductance response (SCR)

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