Construal Level Theory and Moral Judgments: How Thinking Abstractly Modifies Morality
Keywordsconstrual level theory
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AbstractResearch based on construal level theory has shown that whether objects and events are construed as abstract or concrete is a major factor in influencing people’s moral judgments. The aim of this literature review is to describe and evaluate empirical research that has investigated the relationship between construal level and moral judgments. Although most reviewed studies show that abstract thinking leads to stronger moral judgments, inconsistencies exist and gaps in the literature remain. This is due to methodological limitations and differences in theoretical standpoints, which will subsequently be discussed. Suggestions for future research are offered.