Our moral judgments affect our perception of COVID risk
- May 10, 2021
- Cailin O'Connor, Daniel P. Relihan, Ashley Thomas, Peter Ditto, Kyle Stanford and Jim Weatherall via Reason, May 10, 2021
Two new studies showcase a tendency on full display during the COVID-19 pandemic:
People perceive as less risky the activities they condone or see as important and
more risky those they do not, even if the logistics—and actual risk—of the two activities
are similar. In other words, "risk judgments are sensitive to factors unrelated to
the objective risks of infection," as study authors Cailin O'Connor, [UCI associate
professor], Daniel P. Relihan, [UCI graduate student], Ashley Thomas, Peter H. Ditto,
[UCI professor], Kyle Stanford, [UCI professor], and James O. Weatherall, [UCI professor],
write in a draft paper on their research. "In particular, activities that are morally
justified are perceived as safer while those that might subject people to blame, or
culpability, are seen as riskier."
For the full story, please visit https://reason.com/2021/05/10/our-moral-judgements-affect-our-perception-of-covid-risk/.