Bad moods are completely contagious. I should know I’ve grown up around them. But did you know bad moods can change our moral standings too?
Research has now been carried out by a group of German researchers whose work has been published in ‘Cognition’ and their conclusion is that our moods can greatly influence how we respond to hypothetical situations.
Why does the process change or influence our moral decisions?
Their research shows there is a difference between personal moral decisions, where we are familiar with the people involved in those decisions and impersonal moral decisions, where we are detached from the people involved, such as whether to keep the money we find in a lost wallet.
The research also found that those areas of the brain thought to be responsible for processing emotional information, seems to be more strongly engaged when making personal, rather than impersonal moral decisions. The scientists involved in the research concluded that emotions play a strong role in these personal moral judgments, when the more calculating reasoning part of our mind is resting.
It would be easy to think that any moral decision we make is done to spite, but we now know a bad mood may greatly influence our decision on the moral issue.