The need for integrating virtue, character, and ethical principles: the role of training programs

[Speaker] Allan, Alfred:1
1:Edith Cowan University (Australia)

Moral psychologists believe that people mostly, but not always, make moral decisions automatically and intuitively, influenced by a range of factors, from their emotions and feelings of disgust to internal neurocognitive structures. I theorise that virtue and character serve as non-psychological synonym for these neurocognitive structures. Moral psychologists further believe that people can improve their moral decision making by modifying existing, and developing new, neurocognitive structures that accurately reflect their groups’ shared moral neurocognitive structures. They do this by integrating the ethical principles of the profession, reflecting on their decisions and receiving feedback from their environment. I then address how teachers can use this information to help trainees become ethical psychologists.
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