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New Project: "Triage Dilemmas: A Window into (Ecologically Valid) Moral Cognition"

Dr. Markus Kneer and Ivar R. Hannikainen published a new paper entitled "Triage Dilemmas: A Window into (Ecologically Valid) Moral Cognition". The studies examined the moral attitude of people towards triage of patients with acute coronavirus.

At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, frontline professionals at intensive care units around the world faced gruesome decisions about how to ration life-saving medical resources. These events provided a unique context for moral psychologists to understand how the general public reasons about real-world dilemmas involving trade-offs between human lives—in contrast to most prior research pursuing parallel questions via hypothetical thought experiments with limited relevance to the real world.

Here (PDF, 440 KB) you can read the paper.