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Report on EASP Medium Size Meeting on Moral Judgment and Behavior

04.11.2015, by Kai Sassenberg in meeting report

June 25 – 28, 2015 (Sopot , Poland) The Organizing Committee:
Aleksandra Szymkow (University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Sopot),
Stefano Pagliaro (Seconda Università di Napoli),
Joris Lammers (University of Cologne),
Konrad Bocian (University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Sopot),
Bogdan Wojciszke (University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Sopot)

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The Local Organizing Committee

  • Olga Białobrzeska, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw
  • Konrad Bocian, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Sopot
  • Natalia Frankowska, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Sopot
  • Michał Parzuchowski, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Sopot
  • Aleksandra Szymkow, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Sopot


The EASP Medium Group Meeting on Moral judgment and behavior took place from the 25th to the 28th of June 2015 in Sopot (Poland). Participants were welcomed at the informal Welcome dinner on the 25th, at the “Pomarańczowa Plaża” restaurant. We had 39 participants from 25 universities among which 31 were current members of the EASP.

The scientific programme started on Friday the 26th at 9.00 a.m. with the Session A (Morality and judgment) where six speakers presented their studies (list below). The session was chaired by Silvia Moscatelli.

Session A – Morality and judgment Chair: Silvia Moscatelli

  • Kim Peters, Yoshihisa Kashima & Miguel Fonseca Gossip: A speech act at the intersection of moral judgment and action
  • Konrad Bocian, Wieslaw Baryla & Bogdan Wojciszke When Dishonesty Leads to Trust: Moral Judgments that are Biased by Self-interest are Truly Believed
  • Richard Smith What does Schadenfreude say about our moral nature?
  • John McClure, Briar Moir & Denis Hilton Moral judgments of cause and blame and their relation to beliefs about reward and punishment
  • Marco Brambilla, Paolo Riva & Jeroen Vaes Moral Status Influences Judgments of Social Suffering
  • Piotr Winkielman Morality-relevant inferences from faces: Moving from features to dynamics

After a lunch break we had a one-hour keynote talk provided by Bertram Gawronski, who talked about A Multinomial Process Model of Moral Judgment. Just after the lecture the first Data Blitz session started with six speakers. This session was chaired by Joris Lammers.

Data blitz presentations I Chair: Joris Lammers

  • Paul Conway, Edwin Love & Sandra Mottner Individual Differences in Affective Reactions, Deliberation, Rule Adherence, and Sentimentality Predict Moral Dilemma Judgments: The Moral Orientation Scale
  • Alexa Weiss, Sarah Rom & Paul Conway License to Kill: Social Perceptions of Individuals who make Moral Dilemma Judgments
  • Bogdan Wojciszke & Konrad Bocian How biased is self-interest bias in judgments of others’ behavior?
  • Wiktor Soral & Mirek Kofta Agency and communion as determinants of positive self-esteem at individual and collective levels
  • Katarzyna Cantarero, Piotr Szarota, Eftychia Stamkou, Marisol Navas Luque & Alejandra del Carmen Dominguez Espinosa Culture and Morality: A Cultural Model of Moral Evaluations
  • Mark J. Brandt Moralization and the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election Campaign

The first intensive day finished with a social outing – the visit to European Centre of Solidarity and Gdansk sightseeing.

The second day started with Session B – Morality and behavior – which was chaired by Stefano Pagliaro and included six speakers (list below).

Session B – Morality and behavior Chair: Stefano Pagliaro

  • Shaul Shalvi & Ori Weisel Corrupt Collaborations
  • Laetitia B. Mulder Moral rationalization: An ingredient for escalation? The moderating role of moral identity
  • Simone Schnall, Gabriela Pavarini, Xiao-Fei Yang & Mary Immordino-Yang Cognitive, behavioral and neural indicators of psychological distance in elevation and admiration
  • Joris Lammers, Anne Gast, Christian Unkelbach & Adam D. Galinsky Moral Character Inferences Depend on the Perceived Structure of Valent Information
  • Patrizia Catellani & Mauro Bertolotti The effects of counterfactual communication on moral standards, judgments, and behavior
  • Denis Hilton & Laetitia Charalambides How context determines what is right and wrong: A social exchange model of deontic rule-giving and reasoning

After a lunch break we had a second one-hour keynote talk provided by Roger Giner-Sorolla (co-authored with Darren McGee & John Sabo), who talked about Moral Disgust, Shame, Reputation, and Character. Just after the lecture the second Data Blitz session started with seven speakers. This session was chaired by Andrea Abele-Brehm.

Data blitz presentations II Chair: Andrea Abele-Brehm

  • Fridanna Maricchiolo, Luigi Leone & Marco Perugini The automaticity of (dis)honest behaviors. The role of implicit self-concept and moral chronicity
  • Ewa Szumowska & Małgorzata Kossowska Causal attributions of immoral behaviors in relation to moral identity and moral strictness
  • Nicole Hauke & Andrea E. Abele How much are we concerned if others think we act immorally?
  • Francesca Prati, Michela Menegatti, Silvia Moscatelli & Monica Rubini Morality, competence and sociability in personnel selection: A matter of gender?
  • Anna Oleszkiewicz & Kinga Lachowicz – Tabaczek Agency, communion and trust: the asymmetry of mutual perception of people with different range of power in organization
  • Tina Iachini, Gennaro Ruggiero & Stefano Pagliaro Near or far? It depends… Moral information and spatial behavior in Virtual Reality
  • Anna Studzinska Are men moral agents? Are women moral patients? Sex of the perpetrators and victims of sexual harassment and their evaluation

The day continued with a Dinner Party at the restaurant “Smak Morza” in Sopot.

On the third (and last) day, we started with Session C – Morality and perception, chaired by Richard Smith. This session included four speakers (list below).

Session C – Morality and perception Chair: Richard Smith

  • Susan T. Fiske People are Intent Detectors: Implications for Science and Society
  • Andrea E. Abele & Nicole Hauke A Two-Level Model of Agency and Communion: Assertiveness, Competence, Warmth and Morality. Model Description and Test in Self- and Person-Perception
  • Silvia Moscatelli, Monica Rubini, Michela Menegatti & Flavia Albarello What about immoral groups? Compensation in social identification
  • Mark D. Alicke Intentions, near misses and accidental hits: A culpable control perspective

The session was followed by Closing discussion titled: What kind of theory we need to explain both moral judgment and behavior? The convener of the discussion – Bogdan Wojciszke – invited six guests to participate: Susan Fiske, Bertram Gawronski, Roger Giner-Sorolla, Shaul Shalvi, Mirek Kofta and Piotr Winkielman. It was fruitful and vivid discussion which gave an opportunity to summarize and integrate the various strands of research presented during the meeting. Besides that, the meeting let participants to exchange their ideas, which hopefully will end up with new research collaborations.

We would like to thank the EASP for supporting this excellent Medium Size Meeting!

The Organizing Committee
Aleksandra Szymkow, Stefano Pagliaro, Joris Lammers, Konrad Bocian, Bogdan Wojciszke

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