PSY 430 reflection 2

PSY 430 reflection 2 - Sarah Rhein PSY 430 Dr. Evans March...

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Sarah Rhein PSY 430 Dr. Evans March 14, 2011 Reflection Paper #2 Morality is a type of intelligence that is sophisticated and sets humans apart from other animals. All people develop morality at different paces. However, there are many clear benchmarks in the development of a person’s moral self. Children are not especially sophisticated nor do adults think like children. The processes that underlie morality build upon each other. Children who appear to have an advance sense of morality have a firmer grasp or foundation of their moral self than others, but that is not to say that they are sophisticated. A person’s moral self changes with experience and time. As people grow and mature, the way we view people and situations is modified, which is why children are not especially sophisticated nor do adults think like children. The study conducted by Pellizzoni, Siegel, and Surian (2010) is a clear example of how morality is made up of processes and experiences that build upon each other. This fact makes it possible for children to reason like adults when it comes to circumstances like the footbridge and trolley situations. Understanding of what to do in those types of situations are vital for a person’s survival and they represent situations that resemble fight or flight. “It has been claimed that in some situations, fast and automatic intuitions based on emotional arousal are the primary source of many moral judgments and that deliberations are used mostly to construct post-hoc justifications for judgments that have already occurred” (Pellizzoni, Siegel, & Surian, 2010, p. 269). With this, Pellizzoni et. al. and class discussion found that although children and adults
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2011 for the course PSY 430 taught by Professor Evans during the Spring '11 term at Miami University.

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PSY 430 reflection 2 - Sarah Rhein PSY 430 Dr. Evans March...

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