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The moralization bias of gods’ minds: a cross-cultural test

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There are compelling reasons to expect that cognitively representing any active, powerful deity motivates cooperative behavior. One mechanism underlying this association could be a cognitive bias toward generally attributing moral concern to anthropomorphic agents. If humans cognitively represent the minds of deities and humans in the same way, and if human agents are generally conceptualized as having moral concern, a broad tendency to attribute moral concern—a “moralization bias”—to superna...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1080/2153599X.2021.2006291

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
SAME
Oxford college:
Wadham College
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Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-5465-3440
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Publisher:
Routledge
Journal:
Religion, Brain and Behavior More from this journal
Volume:
12
Issue:
1-2
Pages:
38-60
Publication date:
2022-04-06
Acceptance date:
2021-07-30
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EISSN:
2153-5981
ISSN:
2153-599X
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1209218
Local pid:
pubs:1209218
Deposit date:
2021-11-11

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