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Morality-as-Cooperation Test

Oliver Scott Curry of Oxford University has proposed Morality-as-Cooperation as an alternative to the traditional Moral Foundations framework. In Curry’s view, Morality-as-Cooperation has the advantage of seeing morality as “a collection of biological and cultural solutions” all related to “the problems of cooperation recurrent in human social life,” whereas classical Moral Foundations theory is a hodgepodge of empirical findings.

To take the Morality-as-Cooperation Test, read each story below and indicate whether you think it's morally OK or not.

Question 1 of 22

A man gives 20,000 dollars to charity but refuses to help his struggling niece.

Not OK


The IDRlabs Morality-as-Cooperation Test was developed by IDRlabs based on the emerging research that suggests that Morality-as-Cooperation constitutes a viable overhaul of Moral Foundations Theory, with its seven moral foundations of Family, Group, Reciprocity, Heroism, Deference, Fairness, and Property. IDRlabs is not affiliated with any of the researchers mentioned in the references list below.

The test was compiled on the basis of the following sources:

2020: Morality is fundamentally an evolved solution to problems of social co‐operation. S Venkatesan, M Alfano, DN Gellner, OS Curry, J Cook. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 26 (2). 2019: Mapping morality with a compass: Testing the theory of ‘morality-as-cooperation’ with a new questionnaire. OS Curry, MJ Chesters, CJ Van Lissa. Journal of Research in Personality 78, 106-124. 2019: Is it good to cooperate: Testing the theory of morality-as-cooperation in 60 societies. OS Curry, DA Mullins, H Whitehouse. Current Anthropology 60 (1), 47-69. 2016: Morality as cooperation: A problem-centred approach. OS Curry. The evolution of morality, 27-51.

The test measures the following types of morality:

Family: The obligation to help a member of one’s family, to always be loyal to one’s family, and to put the interests of your family first. Group: The obligation to help members of one’s community, to play an active role in one’s communities, and to try to be a useful member of society. Reciprocity: The obligation to help those who have helped you, to make amends for the things you have done wrong, and to always return a favor if you can. Heroism: Seeing courage as an admirable trait, honoring society’s heroes, and celebrating those who are willing to lay down their lives for one’s country as heroes. Deference: Seeing respect for superiors as an admirable trait, celebrating obedience to legitimate authority, and showing veneration for those who are older than you. Fairness: The ideal that everyone should be treated the same, that everyone's rights are equally important, and that those who have more should share with those who have less. Property: The obligation not to steal or damage another person’s property and to refrain from keeping something that does not belong to you.

The authors of this free online Morality-as-Cooperation quiz are certified in the use of various personality instruments and work professionally with the Moral Foundations framework. Prior to using our free Morality-as-Cooperation Test, please note that this test should not be confused with classic Moral Foundations Tests such as the ones previously published on this site. Please also note that the test is provided "as-is", for free, and should not be construed as providing professional or certified advice of any kind. For more, please consult our Terms of Service.

Why Use This Test?

1. Free. This online Morality-as-Cooperation (MAC) Test is delivered to you without the need for user registration and will allow you to ascertain your moral foundations across the seven moral domains utilized in the MAC framework.

2. Statistical controls. Test scores are logged into an anonymized database. Statistical analysis of the test is conducted to ensure maximum accuracy and validity of the test scores.

3. Made by professionals. The authors of this interactive Morality-as-Cooperation Testare certified in the use of numerous psychological instruments and work professionally with personality testing.