Immoral Behavior in Everyday Life: Including Citizen Scientists in Moral Psychological Research
November 14, 2023
Citizen Science is not yet established in moral psychology, but it has potential, as context and
everyday applicability have been neglected frequently in research. There is a gap between moral
thoughts and actions, which the theory of moral disengagement (MD) aims to bridge. Its eight
strategies enable individuals to behave against their moral compass without a guilty conscience.
The goal of this ongoing Citizen Science project is to transfer MD to everyday life. For that
purpose, Citizen Scientists document instances of immoral behavior in daily life, stories, and
media. Preliminary results revealed relevant contextual factors for MD and differences in
judgments of immorality, harm, and intention. These insights can in turn inspire further, more
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