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Attraktivitet och moral: Ett experiment om hur attraktivitet påverkar graden av moralisk förkastlighet
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Attractiveness and morality : An experimental study on how attractiveness affects the degree of moral reprehensibility (English)
Abstract [sv]

Syftet med studien var att studera om attraktiviteten hos en person kan påverka graden av hur moraliskt förkastlig en handling som utförs av personen bedöms vara och huruvida det föreligger någon könsskillnad. Med ett experiment undersöktes 151 studenter på ett medelstort universitet i södra Sverige. Deltagarna tilldelades ett fiktivt moraliskt scenario med ett bifogat foto av antingen en oattraktiv eller en attraktiv person. En kontrollgrupp blev tilldelade samma scenario men utan något foto. Därefter fick deltagarna svara på hur moraliskt förkastlig de upplevde handlingen som beskrevs i scenariot och hur attraktiv de upplevde personen på fotot vara. Ingen signifikant skillnad i moralisk förkastlighet framkom mellan attraktiv och oattraktivt foto, ej heller någon könsskillnad. Resultatet influerades sannolikt av ”criminal face effect”, den av Dumas & Testé (2012) beskrivna effekt. Om en moraliskt tvivelaktig handling utförs och gärningsmannen uppfyller en stereotyp bild hos en eventuell bedömare av hur någon som utför den handlingen ser ut kommer gärningsmannen att dömas hårdare än om stereotypen inte uppfylls. 

Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to determine whether the attractiveness of a person can influence the degree of how morally reprehensible an act performed by the person assessed and whether there is any gender difference. In an experiment, 151 students at a medium-sized university in southern Sweden participated. The participants were assigned a fictitious moral scenario with an attached photo of either an unattractive or attractive person. A control group were assigned the same scenario but with no photo. Subsequently, participants were asked how morally reprehensible they experienced the act described in the scenario and how attractive they thought the person on the photo to be. No significant difference in moral reprehensibility emerged between attractive and unattractive photo nor a gender difference. The result is likely influenced by the "criminal face effect," the effect described by Dumas & Teste (2012). If a morally dubious act is performed and the offender meets a stereotypical image of a possible estimator of how someone performs the action looks offender will be sentenced more severely than if the stereotype is not met.

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2014. , 30 p.
Keyword [en]
Attractiveness, Morality, Appearance, Psychological impact
Keyword [sv]
Attraktivitet. Moral, Utseende, Psykologisk påverkan
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-31922OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-31922DiVA: diva2:693088
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Psychology
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Available from: 2014-02-04 Created: 2014-02-03 Last updated: 2014-02-04Bibliographically approved

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