An international team of researchers have revealed that being emotional does not make women less rational than men, when it comes to taking moral decisions. The study found that although women have a stronger emotional aversion to causing harm than men, both genders engage in similar levels of rational thinking about the outcomes of harmful action.
Researchers examined gender differences in judgments about moral dilemmas in data from 6,100 participants. The study participants were asked 20 questions that posed various moral dilemmas, including decisions about murder, torture, lying, abortion and animal research. Researchers found no evidence for gender differences in the rational evaluation of the outcomes of harmful actions.
Rebecca Friesdorf from Canada's Wilfrid Laurier University and lead research author said, "Women are more likely to have a gut-level negative reaction to causing harm to an individual while men experience less emotional responses to doing harm."
The study is published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin