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Scientists look for moral reasoning clues in baseball

Attitudes on baseball’s moral code studied

To Boston baseball fans, Thursday was the long-awaited start of the season. To psychologists interested in understanding the building blocks of human morality, each pitch was another potential data point.

The baseball diamond may seem an unusual venue for a serious experiment on moral reasoning, but the game provides a unique research opportunity, thanks to the practice of intentionally hitting an opposing player with a pitch.

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