Barbara Sarnecka

Much more than fear, culture is our problem. Cognitive scientist [Professor] Barbara Sarnecka and her colleagues at the University of California, Irvine demonstrated this elegantly in a recent study where they presented subjects with different scenarios where people were asked to estimate the amount of danger a child was in … The researchers found that the participants’ assessment of the child’s risk of harm varied depending on how morally offensive they found the parent’s reason for leaving …. More surprising, still, the researchers found that subjects seemed to believe that children were at a lower risk when fathers left them unattended than when mothers did.

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