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2015

Do not play God: contrasting effects of deontological guilt and pride on decision-making
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Do not play God: contrasting effects of deontological guilt and pride on decision-making

Alessandra Mancini, Francesco Mancini

ABSTRACT: Recent accounts support the existence of two distinct feelings of guilt: altruistic guilt, arising from the appraisal of not having been altruistic towards a victim and deontological guilt, emerging from the appraisal of having violated an intuitive moral rule. Neuroimaging data has shown that the two guilt feelings trigger different neural networks, with deontological guilt selectively activating the insula, a ...

Journal Article: Frontiers in Psychology, 6 , pp. 1251, 2015, ISSN: 1664-1078.

2013

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Moral choices: The influence of the “Do not play God” principle

Amelia Gangemi, Francesco Mancini

ABSTRACT: A wide literature demonstrates that people prefer harm caused by omissions over equal or lesser harm caused by actions. This omission bias has been explained referring to several principles, such as causality or responsibility. A convincing research view has been suggested by Sunstein (2005): harmful acts are generally worse than harmful omissions when moral intuitions reflect the “Do not play God” principle: ...

Conference: Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Cognitive Science Society Cooperative minds: Social Interaction and group dynamics, 2013.