In the hope to resolve the two sets of opposing results concerning the effects of psychological distance and construal levels on moral judgment,Zezelj and Jokic (2014) conducted a series of four direct replications, which yielded divergent patterns of results. In our commentary, we first revisit the consistent findings that lower-level construals induced by How/Why manipulation lead to harsher moral condemnation than higher-level construals. We then speculate on the puzzling patterns of results regarding the role of temporal distance in shaping moral judgment. And we conclude by discussing the complexity of morality and propose that it may be important to incorporate cultural systems into the study of moral cognition.
- Construal levels
- Moral judgment
- Temporal distance
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Psychology
- Sociology and Political Science
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)