Killing is judged wrong when intended as a means. (#167)

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Reference to Report of Original Finding Hauser, M., Cushman, F., Young, L., Jin, R. K., & Mikhail, J. (2007). A dissociation between moral judgments and justifications. Mind and Language, 22(1), 1-21.
Reference to Published Report of Replication Attempt Waldmann, M. R. & Dieterich J. H. (2007). "Throwing a bomb on a person versus throwing a person on a bomb: intervention myopia in moral intuitions." Psychological Science 18(3):247-53.
Title Killing is judged wrong when intended as a means.
If the original article contained multiple experiments, which one did the authors attempt to replicate? e.g., you might respond 'Study 1' or 'Experiment 4'.
Link to PDF of Original ReportView Article
Brief Statement of Original Result Participants were more likely to judge an impersonal action wrong if its effect was intended as a means to achieving a goal rather than merely foreseen.
Type of Replication Attempted Conceptual Replication
Result Type Failure to Replicate
Number of Subjects 123
Any other details on results or statistics that you want to mention?
Difference? No
Any Known Methodological Differences
(between original and present study)?
Replication paper reports means on a scale rather than percentages of categorical Yes/No responses, as in the original finding.
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(#1) By mdhauser on Thu 12/05/2013 01:20 pm CST (3 years ago)
important methodological details ignored

The comparison of W&D to Hauser et al is interesting, but the authors fail to note extremely important methodological differences between the studies:

Methodological issue                                                     W&D                                                    Hauser et al

Sample size                                                                study 1=56; study 2=123                         1 study: 5000

Subject population                                                        college students in Germany                     from 120 countries, wide age range and educational background

Scenarios                                                                   study 1: one variant of trolley                   1 study: 4 trolley problems

                                                                               problem; study 2: 3 variants of

                                                                               trolley problem

Scenario presentation                                                    in class, paper and pencil                         on the web, the Moral Sense Test site


In addition to the above, even the trolley problems were not worded in the same way at all, including W&D's use of a bus as opposed to a trolley, the composition of the victims, and so on.   Given these factors, stating that there were "No" methodological differences is incorrect.




Are you posting an unpublished replication attempt that you conducted yourself, or noting a published replication attempt?

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