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Event Title

Society for Judgment and Decision Making: The 2019 40th Annual Conference

Event Location

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Presentation Date


Date Range

2019-11-15 to 2019-11-18


When faced with reoccurring tradeoffs between moral values, people can address them by considering the specifics of each case or by setting policies that predetermine how they will address similar cases. Previous research on moral judgment has often focused on isolated tradeoffs, and therefore, it is unclear which decision strategies are preferred in contexts with reoccurring tradeoffs. Across our studies, participants judged people who precommitted to always prioritizing one value more positively than people who adjusted their priorities based on the specifics of each case. Our findings have important implications for understanding public perceptions of complex policies.

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