Jonas Nagel and Michael Waldmann (2012)

Force dynamics as a basis for moral intuitions (PSYNDEXshort)

In: False, ed. . Cognitive Science Society

People seamlessly generate moral intuitions about a wide range of events they observe, but to date the cognitive processes underlying this competency are poorly understood. We propose that our moral intuitions are grounded in force-dynamic intuitions. We show how the evaluation of entities engaged in schematized interactions can be predicted from specific force-dynamic properties of those interactions, and we point out how these evaluative tendencies relate to our moral norm of not interfering with others' interests.