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Press Release 11-112

Moral Responses Change as People Age

Research shows morally laden scenarios get different responses from people of different ages.

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Both preschool children and adults distinguish between damage done either intentionally or accidently when assessing whether a perpetrator has done something wrong, but adults are much less likely than children to think someone should be punished if the act was accidental.

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