Emotions and Moral Cognition

Our projects in this field focus on the influence of emotions on moral decision making, from an experimental and individual difference approach. Recent studies from our lab described the range of incidental emotions that participants experience during moral dilemmas, and their influence on moral choices. One of the central issues that our research addresses is related to the moderator role of emotion regulation in the relation between emotions and moral decision making. Our studies also aim to link laboratory measures of moral decision making with everyday behavior and develop new methods to study the interactions between emotions and moral cognition.​​​​​​​


Szekely, R., Opre, A., & Miu, A. C. (2015). Religiosity enhances emotion and deontological choice in moral dilemmas. Personality and Individual Differences 79, 104–109.

Szekely, R., & Miu, A. C. (2015). Bridging cognition and emotion in moral behavior: The role of emotion regulation. In M. L. Bryant (Ed.) Handbook of Emotion Regulation: Processes, Cognitive Effects and Social Consequences (pp. 199-216). Nova Science, New York.

Szekely, R., & Miu, A. C. (2015). Incidental emotions in moral dilemmas: The influence of emotion regulation. Cognition & Emotion 29(1), 64-75.