Influence of Speed and Effort on Moral Judgment of Cognitive Enhancement


Previous research suggests that pharmacological cognitive enhancement (PCE) is viewed negatively due to perceived medical uncertainty, coercion, and unfairness and hollowness of the outcome. With the increasing advancement in and use of technology, along with a shift towards machines and gadgets, there seems to exist a need for humans to improve their mental functioning in order to keep up with the developing changes. The unfairness- undeservingness model suggests that the achievements (outcome) gained due to PCEs is considered unfair and therefore morally unacceptable. However, the influence of certain factors such as speed of effect of drug (slow/fast), and amount of effort put in (more/less) on the moral judgment of an outcome, remains unexplored. The purpose of this study is to understand the effect of such factors. We hypothesize that slow/fast (speed of drug) and more/less (effort) will lead to fair/unfair moral judgment of the outcome. This research will help in a fundamental understanding of why people judge outcomes as unfair and how that is modulated by speed of drug (slow/fast) and effort (more/less) required to achieve the desired outcome.

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Prarthana Suresh, FLAME University, India
Abhishek Sahai, FLAME University, India

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Conference: ACP2023
Stream: General Psychology

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Suresh P., & Sahai A. (2023) Influence of Speed and Effort on Moral Judgment of Cognitive Enhancement ISSN: 2187-4743 – The Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences 2023 Official Conference Proceedings
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