Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© Annika Jessen 2014
The present research examines moral judgments towards favoritism and discrimination as a function of personality characteristics in the context of job hiring situations through two studies. Participants were recruited through Amazon Mechanical Turk and the Claremont SONA systems. The first study analyzes the effect of implicit theories of personality and perceived intentions to harm on morality judgments in scenarios of favoritism and discrimination. Results indicate lower ratings of morality and higher perceived intentions to harm in the discrimination condition. Perceived intentions to harm mediated the relationship between condition and morality judgments. No significant effects were found with respect to implicit theories of personality.
The second study is a 2x3 factorial design, adding a manipulation of personality traits discriminated against or favored. A pilot study was used to select the three personality traits for each condition that varied by their perceived malleability. Results indicate overall lower moral judgments and higher perceived intentions to harm in the discrimination condition. Perceived intentions to harm mediated the relationship between condition and moral judgments. There was no significant relationship between implicit theories of personality and moral judgments, nor was there an effect of the personality trait manipulation. However, the manipulation failed to be function as desired, and thus strong conclusions are difficult to draw. Limitations and future research are discussed.
Jessen, Annika, "The Effect of Perceived Intentions to Harm and Implicit Theories of Personality on Moral Judgments of Favoritism and Discrimination" (2014). CMC Senior Theses. 829.
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