doi:

DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2018.01253

Advances in Psychological Science (心理科学进展) 2018/26:7 PP.1253-1263

Moral elevation: A positive moral emotion associated with elevating moral sentiment


Abstract:
Moral elevation refers to a positive moral emotion response to a situation that, when witnessing other's moral behavior, people appreciates other's virtue and feels moral sentiment elevated. Moral elevation has affective, physical, cognitive, and behavioral aspects. Moral elevation can be induced by materials and situations, and be measured by identifier words and scales. The formation of moral elevation needs two key mechanisms, including positive inner attribution and positive upward social comparison, and these mechanisms can be affected by the characteristics of other's moral behavior and the observer's characteristics. Moral elevation triggers activation of the cranial and autonomic nerve as well as endocrine reactivity. Psychological effects of moral elevation include promoting pro-social behavior and positive social cognition, and enhancing positive impact to oneself. Future researches of moral elevation should investigate its physiological mechanisms, explore its broaden-and-build effects, examine diverse cultural and indigenous populations, and consider applications to moral education.

Key words:moral elevation,moral sentiment,positive emotion,moral emotion

ReleaseDate:2018-08-06 13:54:54



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